Sure, they dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health-care practitioners, but pharmacists do so much more, playing an important and comprehensive role in the health of their patients.
Pharmacists must be equipped with the medical knowledge necessary to provide advice and information about the purpose, interactions and side effects of all drugs they dispense. Depending on the province they practise in, they may also provide injections and prescribe some medications.
Did you make a resolution to begin a new diet or exercise program this year? If so, congratulations! Research shows that people who make a resolution are more likely to achieve their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. If you have made it this far, you are part of the 15% who reach the one-week hurdle, and you are well on your way to being one of the 52% who are going strong after one month.
Few Canadians would disagree that it is easier to feel great in summer, when the sun shines and long days make it easy to get outside and enjoy nature. But if “winter blues” linger and make it difficult to cope with daily life, it may be something more serious than just the typical cold weather blahs.
From a cost perspective, private employer drug plans are under siege. New treatments have been introduced in the Canadian market at alarming prices, such as a staggering $71,000 for a new treatment for hepatitis C. At the same time, high-cost claimants – those whose prescription costs ranged from $6,900 to $755,000 in 2014 – are taking an increasingly large slice of the benefit pie: the top 1% of all claimants comprised 28% of total spending in 2014.
More than 10 million Canadians are currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and an estimated one million are living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. These staggering numbers are increasing rapidly – more than 480 people in Canada are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every single day. In fact, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) says that if rates continue to grow at the current pace, one-third of Canadians will have diabetes by 2020.