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Happy New Year from all of us at Stafford Pharmacy & Home Healthcare

January 1, 2014.   That means we made it through another year!   A year older with a few more wrinkles, a few more worry lines and for some, more grey hair.    A challenging year for many in southern Alberta, but one in which we discovered the true spirit of Albertans.  There is no doubt that 2013 …

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Enhanced Pharmacist Services for the Best Drug Therapy Outcomes

If you have an Alberta Health Care card, you are now eligible to receive enhanced pharmacy services from the Pharmacists at Stafford Pharmacy! While these services have been provided by pharmacists in some form for years, it was previously the patient who was responsible for paying the cost associated with these services.  Pharmacies, in order …

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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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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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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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Canadian Drug Shortages: Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

Concern about the availability of extremely important injectable drugs is growing across Canada. Previously, the reason behind our increasing number of shortages was a mystery.   The reason for this shortage is however, quite clear.  Sandoz Canada, a major producer of injectable antibiotics, pain medication and anti-cancer drugs, had to shut down its plant in Quebec …

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