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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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Alberta College of Pharmacists to Ban Inducements

Inducements,  specifically rewards points and airmiles being offered on the purchase of prescription medicaions will be a thing of the past in the near-ish future. On April 18th, the Alberta College of Pharmacists announced that it would move forward with the process of banning these inducements. There is no proposed timeline for this ban, but it …

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What Is The Real Impact of Alberta Generic Price Reductions?

Just the Facts! The March 7th Alberta Provincial Budget introduced a number of changes that many have described as “austerity” measures.   These represent a long list of spending cuts including healthcare cuts.  As a healthcare professional who is also a small business owner, fiscal responsibility or economic responsibility is a term that all business owners …

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Pharmacists Reach Out To Canadians During Pharmacist Awareness Month

Providing more health care than you know: Ask a pharmacist March 2013 is Pharmacist Awareness Month, when pharmacists across the country reach out to make Canadians aware of the many services they offer to improve their patients’ health. A 2012 survey by Environics Research Group showed that while many Canadians are willing to see pharmacists …

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CHANGES TO THE ALBERTA PHARMACY COMPENSATION MODEL: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

On February 13th, 2012 Honourable Fred Horne, Minister of Health and Wellness, announced large changes to how pharmacists will be remunerated as of July 1st this year. Pharmacists across the province have been anticipating a change in how they are compensated for the many health services they provide not directly attached to the dispensing of …

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Part 2: The New Healthcare: Consumers vs Patients

What with the market now filled with large corporate behemoths such as Walmart and Safeway and Shoppers’ Drug Mart the consumer certainly is now King! What with all the choices, the competition, the combined pressures from manufacturers to consume more and more product and the power of mass merchandising giants like those mentioned, who get bigger and bigger every year. Don’t think this doesn’t include prescription medications along with all the non-prescription medications, the health and beauty items and all manner of sundries, hardware, consumer electronics, computers, and the list goes on. The consumer has never seen it so good!

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