Antidepressants for children should be used with caution

But with proper use they are quite safe and an effective way to help people of all ages in the treatment of depression

Antidepressants for children should be used with cautionThe use of antidepressant medications among depressed children has received widespread international coverage in the media over the years. Studies indicating a slightly increased risk of suicidal thoughts, or attempts, in children taking antidepressants sparked a firestorm of public debate and criticism. As a result, FDA mandated all antidepressants being sold in the U.S. have…

Monsanto lawsuit ruling leaves Bayer in need of more Aspirin

Monsanto, now a division of Bayer, ordered to pay $289M to a single plaintiff. Even if Monsanto’s brands no longer exist, its legacy remains

Monsanto lawsuit ruling leaves Bayer in need of more AspirinIn California, where lawsuits can be found more easily than drinking water, German chemical giant Bayer has been dealt a huge legal blow. Monsanto, now a division of Bayer, was ordered to pay a whopping US$289 million in damages to a gardener suffering from cancer, allegedly from using Monsanto products. Given that more than 5,000 such…

Sask’s Thunderchild First Nation invests $8 million with Westleaf Cannabis

Westleaf plans about 175,000 square feet devoted to production and manufacturing

Sask’s Thunderchild First Nation invests $8 million with Westleaf CannabisCalgary-based Westleaf Cannabis Inc. has received an $8-million investment from Saskatchewan’s Thunderchild First Nation. In a news release, the company said the investment makes Thunderchild the largest shareholder of Westleaf, and is accompanied by a seat being allocated to Chief Delbert Wapass on the company's board of directors. “Since its inception, Westleaf has firmly believed…

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpractice

Securing a meaningful and enduring reduction in medical error requires a cultural transformation

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpracticeIn a 2003 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) survey, “about a quarter [of adults] said that an adverse event had occurred in their own care, or that of a family member.” Half claimed that the adverse event had produced “serious health consequences.” Three-quarters claimed that it had “led to a hospital visit or longer…

There is no stigma to taking needed medication

Potential risks should be measured against the benefits of relieving symptoms of the disorder

There is no stigma to taking needed medicationMany people respond to a psychiatric diagnosis and medication recommendations by saying that they are simply “not a pill person”. It seems that the idea of having to take a pill every day is a daunting thought to some and a sign of weakness to others. In truth, there is no such thing as a…

Cannabis legislation has employers worried

‘Workplace safety is consistently flagged as employers’ top concern with legalization, but the solution is not one-size-fits-all’

Cannabis legislation has employers worriedMore than half of Canadian organizations, 52 per cent, are either concerned or very concerned about the implications the legalization of cannabis for recreational use will have on the workplace. A Conference Board of Canada report, Blazing the Trail: What the Legalization of Cannabis Means for Canadian Employers, says employers’ top concerns include workplace safety,…

Canadian pharmaceutical company enters medical cannabis field

Sandoz Canada enters into collaborative deal with Tilray. Companies plan to develop new and innovative medical cannabis products

Canadian pharmaceutical company enters medical cannabis fieldSandoz Canada says it has finalized a collaboration agreement with Tilray, a Health Canada licensed producer of medical cannabis, allowing Sandoz Canada to become the first Canadian pharmaceutical company to enter the medical cannabis field. “The alliance will support the rising interest in medical cannabis by providing patients with medical treatment options of stringent manufacturing…

More isn’t always better when it comes to prescription medications

By thinking twice before prescribing and talking with patients about the risks of medications, clinicians are tackling overuse

More isn’t always better when it comes to prescription medicationsBy Karen Born and Wendy Levinson EvidenceNetwork.ca Canadians are living longer than ever and we are also taking more medications than ever. And this can make us sicker, not healthier. A report released recently by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that one in four seniors in Canada take 10 or more medications. That’s…

Madness, murder and antidepressant drugs

From Alexandre Bissonnette to Stephen Paddock to Nickolas Cruz to many more, the connections are chilling

Madness, murder and antidepressant drugsThe sentencing hearing for Alexandre Bissonnette (the Quebec man who has pleaded guilty to committing mass murder in a mosque) has been disclosing new details each day about what led up to that tragic event in January 2017. Portions of his initial interrogation have been released on video. Be forewarned: it’s disturbing to watch someone speak…

Turning the tide on the harm of opioids

Doctors must discuss pain management options with patients and not jump to the prescription pad for a quick fix

Turning the tide on the harm of opioidsBy Dr. Wendy Levinson and Dr. Laurent Marcoux EvidenceNetwork.ca As clinicians, we’re bound by professionalism and our ethical responsibilities to do no harm, and to do what we can to address the pain and suffering of our patients. When powerful pain-relieving opioid medications were introduced a few decades ago, they seemed to be a way…