Sunday, March 07, 2004

Nova Scotia pharmacists recommend Rx database
A recent spate of deaths in Nova Scotia linked to prescription drug abuse should serve as a wake-up call to other provinces that don't have electronic databases that track pharmaceuticals, the Canadian Pharmacists Association says.

The illegal practice known as double doctoring, where pushers or addicts get multiple prescriptions from unwitting doctors, is difficult to stop unless provinces set up such systems, says association spokesman Barry Power.

From the Halifax Herald:
High-priced help eludes rare-illness sufferers
A few Nova Scotians with an extremely rare disease hope the province will pay the high cost of just-approved treatments they think can save their lives.

With about 70 patients, Nova Scotia has an above-average number of people with Fabry disease. Canada has about 300 Fabry patients and there are about 5,000 worldwide.

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