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Zostavax: The Shingles Vaccine & Shingles Protection

Since its approval by Health Canada in 2008, the shingles vaccine (Zostavax®) has been in very high demand even at times becoming unavailable due to manufacturing delays in combination with a demand that may not have been anticipated.  Merck, the company producing Zostavax®, has finally produced enough of the vaccine to fill back orders and …

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Newsletter Archives, Pharmacist Awareness Month & 30 Year Anniversary

The March issue of our newsletter, The Mortar & Pestle is available on our site, as well as previous issues.  This month’s issue discusses Travel Medicine, new supplements from SISU and in recognition that March is Pharmacist Awareness Month across Canada, a focus on Pharmacist’s professional services.  Pharmacists across Canada are quickly moving away from …

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CDC, THE FLU VACCINE AND THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Don’t believe everything you see on social media, YouTube, Blogs and the news. This story will hopefully show you how fast these sites can take official statements and turn them in to something they aren’t. Before you share links, post comments and start telling everyone not to get the flu shot this year, slow down, …

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Medication Samples: Should Physicians Provide them To Patients?

Have you ever received a sample of a medication from your doctor? Medication samples are provided to physicians by drug companies. Physicians can then choose to provide these samples “free” of charge to their patients for a small duration, in order to determine if the patient tolerates the medication before they receive a prescription for …

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Dr. Oz Says…

As a stay at home mom, I have caught my fair share of Dr. Oz episodes. After each episode, I wonder how many people out there are following all of his advice. It reminds me of the children’s game Simon Says, are all of his viewers blindly following exactly what Dr. Oz says? Each episode …

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