Canada Medication

Why We Need To Increase Insurance Coverage For Private Psychological Care

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Increasing insurance benefits increases access to private care, which has become a necessity in Canada. Those wanting psychological treatments must either choose between public care (ex: psychologist in a hospital) or private care (ex: psychologist in private practice). Unfortunately, there tend to be unreasonable wait lists for access to public care (typically one year or longer).

Why Canada's Mental Health Commission Is Useless To Canada's Mentally Ill

Marvin Ross | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

I know what a mental illness is but I'm not really sure what a mental health problem is. Is it a problem for the worried well? Toronto Maple Leaf hockey fans have been depressed for years because their team misses the playoffs and has not won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Young Susie can't sleep at nights and is distraught because no one has asked her to the prom yet and her parents refuse to buy her the new dress she so desperately wants.

Not Everyone With Mental Illness Needs Medication

Arthur Gallant | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Don't get me wrong; medication is a great treatment option for people with mental illness but it is only one component of treatment. I have taken medication in the past and likely will again in the future. At this point in time, my medical team and I agree it should not be apart of my treatment plan.

How the Discovery of Insulin Helped My Family

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

Type 1 diabetes was once lethal but thanks to the Nobel prize-winning research conducted at the University of Toronto in 1921-22, had become a controllable condition through daily injections of insulin derived from cattle and pigs. My father's story reminds me about the importance of universities as places that create the space for big "what if" and "I wonder" questions.

Why CETA is Little More Than a Corporate Bill of Rights

Yves Engler | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Under CETA Canada will lengthen the time drugs remain under patent, which is expected to drive up already high Canadian pharmaceutical drug costs by more than $850 million a year. Instead of extending Canadian patent laws to more closely reflect Europe's rules, why not harmonize daycare programs to reflect the best of the trading area?

Who Paid for Your Doctor's Opinion?

Kapil Khatter | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada
Kapil Khatter

There are academic pharmaceutical researchers still publishing independent, peer-reviewed articles, just as there are still farmers who have small farms with the kinds of smiling animals one sees in children's books. But more and more pharmaceutical research is done factory farm-style, with organized precision and efficiency, all paid for by drug companies. Welcome to new science.

Six Surprising Food and Medication Combos To Avoid

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

The combination of certain foods and your medication(s) can affect how the drug is broken down, absorbed or metabolized in your liver. I suggest checking to make sure your prescriptions are consumed away from the most common offending food interactions. Here are a few tips.

The Germs That Will Make Your Hair Shiny and Lustrous

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Having a bad hair day can be a pain for anyone. While there continues to be an attitude of resignation amongst many, there may be some ways to prevent hair loss and perhaps even return hair to a more normal, if not lustrous state.

Part 2: Paying Less for Prescription Drugs? Bad Idea

Yanick Labrie | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Business
Yanick Labrie

Paying less for drugs sounds like a good idea, right? Well, as with everything else, one needs to look at the whole picture and see what he gets in return. With regards to bulk purchasing, although there might be some savings initially, it is clear that the long-term disadvantages of such a policy outweigh its short-term benefits.

Today, I Reclaim My Boobs

Andrea Traynor | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Two summers ago I developed the rash of all rashes. There was only one medication the doctors told me would make it go away: prednisone. A steroid that crosses into breast milk. Breastfeeding was too important to me, so, I declined. That is -- until today. After almost 30 consecutive months of breastfeeding, I reclaimed my boobs.

The Nasty Side Effects of a National Drug Plan

Yanick Labrie | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Yanick Labrie

A conference was held a few weeks ago in Ottawa to discuss yet again the adoption of a pan-Canadian government-run drug insurance plan that would cover prescription drug costs for the entire population. Such a program would instead risk increasing the burden currently weighing down public finances. Such a plan would not only entail extra costs for taxpayers, but would do nothing to change governments' current propensity to restrict and delay access to new drugs. Foreign experience can teach us much about the dangers of adopting a monopolistic drug insurance system in Canada.

My Freudian Slip into Psychoanalysis

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

I have had the opportunity to experience many types of therapy for my mental illness. I had an image of a psychoanalyst in my head. Probably similar to yours. Patient lying on couch, him with the ubiquitous pipe between his teeth. Go into this therapy with an open mind, with a positive attitude.

Ask Elizabeth: How to Manage Multiple Medications

Natalie Strouth | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My wife was recently discharged from the hospital and she is now on many medications. This is very new to me and I find all this medication confusing and overwhelming. What should I do?

New Prescription Drugs Are Worth the Cost

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

We cannot deny the fact that the costs of prescription drugs have been increasing at a considerable rate over the last few decades. While total healthcare spending per capita has almost tripled during this period, per capita expenditures on prescription drugs have increased six-fold. But should this trend be a source of concern?

Are ADHD Meds Safe?

Dr. Kenny Handelman | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Dr. Kenny Handelman

A series of investigative articles in the Toronto Star this week bring forward concerns about serious side effects to ADHD medications, in my opinion, the article sensationalizes the risks, and provide no balance by pointing out the hundreds of thousands of kids, teens and adults who have been helped by these medications.

When the Mental Health System Doesn't Work

Susan Inman | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

A mentally ill young woman, who thrived on medication and crumbled without, lobbied to be removed from mandatory treatment -- she didn't like being medicated. Her parents were very surprised when they learned that, after a year of stability, her community mental health team had decided, without consulting them, to release their daughter from mandatory treatment.

Depression Has Many Faces

Pega Ren | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Living
Pega Ren

2012-05-08-mentalhealth1.jpg Why is it so difficult to treat depression? Part of the problem is in our definition of the term. In fact, there are two distinct depressions: situational and clinical. It would be so much easier if we called the two depressions by different names, for then we could explain better how we feel and know better what might help.

Ottawa Dips Into Emergency Drug Supply

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - The federal government has offered to dip into its emergency supply of medications to help ease the ongoing drug shortage created by product...

For The Boys: HPV Vaccine Now Recommended For Males As Well

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A federally appointed panel of experts has endorsed use of HPV vaccine in males in Canada, potentially opening the door to wider use of the ...

Spraying Pot? New Potential Drug For Cancer Patients

CP | Lisa Leff, The Associated Press | Posted 03.23.2012 | Canada Living

SAN FRANCISCO - A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ing...

Four Dead After Taking Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug

ca.news.yahoo.com | Posted 08.07.2011 | Canada Business

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - Four people with rheumatoid arthritis have died after being treated with Rituxan, says the drug's manufacturer, which h...