As public figures and some in the media touted hydroxychloroquine, prescriptions skyrocketed.
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When news reports tout a drug, people get interested, even if the benefits are unproven. Patient hopes, requests and demands can easily turn into real prescriptions in their doctor’s office.
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act enables compulsory drug licensing to help avoid medication shortages.
Toilet paper shortages were bad enough. A shortage of drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic would be worse. A provision in the Canadian government’s relief package aims to prevent that from happening.
Some boomers are on multiple medications. Combinations of those drugs could have serious side effects.
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As the boomers age, many will have medication issues. That can be compounded by the number of drugs they take, both prescription and over-the-counter.
Does it matter if you take your medicine morning, noon or night? That depends on a number of factors.
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For most medicines, it doesn’t matter when you take them. But others work best at particular times.
When people went to their GP asking for painkillers, they weren’t prescribed higher doses of codeine or stronger opioids, as some feared.
When codeine became a prescription only drug in 2018, the number of overdoses dropped, our new research shows. But restricting sales of codeine is only one way to reduce harm from opioids.
The effectiveness of a drug may be evaluated based on its potential to shrink tumours – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to improved survival rates.
National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.
A national pharmacare program may one day be a reality in Canada. Myths abound about how it would work and what the consequences would be for Canadians and pharmaceutical companies.
As Canadians consider possibilities for pharmacare reform in the coming months, they should have access to the best available evidence about how it might work in our country.
Current MDMA trials could lead to the drug moving from the fringes of mainstream psychiatry to being recognised as a mainstream treatment option.
Current trials suggest MDMA could used to treat psychiatric disorders as a prescription medicine by 2021. But there remain a number of unresolved patient / doctor issues to be considered.
Some medications increase our risk of blood clots. And so does flying.
Commonly recommended sleeping tablets aren’t appropriate for plane travel. Here’s why.
We’re a nation of medication hoarders, and that can be dangerous.
If you look into your kitchen or bathroom cabinet, chances are you’d find some unused medicine, much of it expired. Here’s what to do with it.
If doctors prescribe generic drugs rather than their brand name equivalents, most times patients benefit.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
Weaker regulatory standards in the US can impact health everywhere.
Intuitively, it might seem desirable to speed up access to medicines. But this means more drugs will be approved that may subsequently prove unsafe or ineffective.
There is evidence many conditions can be treated without drugs or surgery.
In many cases, the most appropriate treatment for a health condition isn’t a drug. It could be a recommendation for a dietary change, a specific exercise, or even a phone app.
Patients with life-threatening diseases can legally order drugs available overseas and have them delivered to their local pharmacy. But what are the risks?
The Social Medwork is a website that promises patients legal access to medicines from overseas. How does it work? What are the risks? And why are patients turning to it to access the drugs they need?
How can we help the one in three people in hospital end-of-life care who suffer from delirium?
Antipsychotic medications for delirium don’t work and could harm, a new study shows. So what options are left?