Fight the deadly opioid epidemic at its roots

A firewall has to be built between pharmaceutical companies and physician training programs

Fight the deadly opioid epidemic at its rootsVICTORIA, B.C. May 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - We are in the midst of a deadly drug epidemic so severe and widespread that few people in North America will remain untouched by it. A dramatic change in how physicians are trained is required to get the epidemic under control. Our narcotic abuse and death rates are likely at…

When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more is not always better

WINNIPEG, Man. May 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ As technology and medical knowledge progress, doctors and patients have access to many more screening tools. But with the availability of more tests also comes the risk of overtesting and overdiagnosis, worries health care researcher Alan Cassels and doctors Wendy Levinson and Eric Bohm. Interview by Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski,…

Health Minister must reinstate funding for Cochrane Canada

Funding was terminated for Cochrane Canada, part of the key global health care resource Cochrane Collaboration, in September

Health Minister must reinstate funding for Cochrane CanadaDownload this column on Cochrane Canada for your publication or website. FREE. Terms and Conditions of use By Tom Perry Former Minister of Advanced Education, Training and Technology in B.C and Alan Cassels Expert Advisor EvidenceNetwork.ca VANCOUVER and VICTORIA, B.C. Nov 5, 2015/ Troy Media/ — Imagine you’re Justin Trudeau. You’re flush with energy and idealism…

Waiting for new pharmaceutical approvals the right approach

Why Canada’s ‘slow and low’ approach is the prudent one to take

Waiting for new pharmaceutical approvals the right approachDownload this column on pharmaceutical approvals for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use VICTORIA, BC Jul 24, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The newest report from Canada’s brand name drug makers on access to new drugs has one key message: compared to other countries, Canada goes slow and low. New drugs are…

Think twice before institutionalizing national pharmacare

Any national pharmacare program would need an absolute firewall to protect it from the inevitable politics of drug coverage

Think twice before institutionalizing national pharmacareDownload this column on pharmacare for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use VICTORIA, BC Jul 6, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Amalgamation always seems like a good idea. After all, we do it with municipalities in order, we believe, to prevent duplication and save money. I don’t know much about municipal amalgamation,…

Canadian employers waste $5B a year on inefficient drug coverage

Money would be better spent on increasing salaries and improving other benefits such as dental care

Canadian employers waste $5B a year on inefficient drug coverageDownload Canadian employers waste $5B a year on inefficient drug coverage By Alan Cassels Expert Advisor EvidenceNetwork.ca and Sean O’Brady PhD student School of Industrial Relations University of Montreal VICTORIA, BC and MONTREAL, QC, Feb 3, 2015/ Troy Media/ - There is certainly a lot of waste in health systems, but one area that seems…

The worst health advice you’ll get today

Misinformation about breast cancer screening still a problem

The worst health advice you’ll get todayVICTORIA, BC, May 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - I was about to call it a day when an email arrived with the following in the subject line: “The Best Health Advice You’ll Get Today.” That caught my attention. I was curious. And I’m a sucker for free health advice. I’ve got more than just a…

The unintended consequences of celebrity health endorsements

The “Angelina Jolie effect” led to an increase in unnecessary genetic tests for breast cancer

The unintended consequences of celebrity health endorsementsVICTORIA, BC, Jan 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Is it a good idea to embark on a genetic hunting expedition to see if you’re at “high risk” of developing a particular disease? That question was examined once again last month when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) – an independent group of scientists making…