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Perry Eisenschmid

Canada’s pharmacists call for universal drug coverage

Canada’s pharmacists call for universal drug coverage

While many Americans are bewildered over the future of their health and pharmacy benefits, the call for universal drug coverage has been sounded in Canada. Earlier this month, the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) presented a plan — dubbed PharmAccord — that it said would enable governments to provide universal drug coverage to all Canadians, ensure

Shoppers Drug Mart eyes dispensing of medical marijuana

Shoppers Drug Mart eyes dispensing of medical marijuana

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has confirmed media reports that it’s proceeding with plans to provide medical marijuana to patients, with guidance from a pharmacist. Canada’s largest drug chain, part of Loblaw Cos., has applied to become a licensed producer of medical marijuana strictly for the purposes of distributing it, according to spokeswoman Tammy Smitham.

Canada makes e-prescribing push

Canada makes e-prescribing push

An effort to establish a national e-prescribing platform is under way in Canada. Canada Health Infoway, a national digital health organization, has issued a request-for-proposal to health IT companies for PrescribeIT, a new e-prescribing service for the nation’s health care system. Infoway said it’s looking for a tech partner or consortium to help design, build

Study: Canadians not taking their meds

Study: Canadians not taking their meds

OTTAWA — Many Canadians fail to take their medications as prescribed and, in some instances, are not filling their prescriptions, according to a national survey from the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA). Thirty percent of Canadians reported that they have stopped taking medication before advised to do so, and about one in four said they did

National Rx program sought in Canada

National Rx program sought in Canada

The push is on for a national pharmacare program in Canada. Dubbed Pharmacare 2.0, the effort — launched in late June by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) — aims to build a national consensus for a pan-Canadian pharmacare framework. CPhA noted that all developed countries with universal health care, except Canada, provide universal coverage for