NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS

Patients are often at their most vulnerable during transitions in care. Unfortunately, it is precisely during these times – when patients are admitted to hospital or discharged from hospital to their own homes – when medication discrepancies, drug therapy problems, and adverse events can occur. In Canada, 40-50% of patients admitted to hospitals experience unintentional medication discrepancies, while at least 40% of patients experience unintentional discrepancies upon discharge...

Medication reconciliation is an important process where healthcare providers work together with patients, families, and other care providers to ensure that accurate and comprehensive medication information is communicated consistently over transitions in care.

A recent study published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry revealed that children in Canada are now being prescribed more psychotropic medications – specifically antidepressants and antipsychotics – than ever before. At the same time, members of the healthcare community are looking more closely at the risk-benefit profile of these medications in the pediatric population, and whether or not these medications are effective in treating the issues they are being prescribed to...

The Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy, Canada’s only national pharmacy charity, recently awarded its Innovation Fund Grant to “Mobilizing Community Pharmacists as Catalysts for Deprescribing.” Led by Dr. Barbara Farrell of the Bruyère Institute in Ottawa, the team of investigators for this project includes Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy professors Dr. Lisa Dolovich, Dr. Lisa McCarthy, and Dr. Lalitha Raman-Wilms.

Assistant Professor Elise Paradis was recently interviewed by the Faculty of Medicine (where she is cross-appointed in the Department of Anaesthesia). Click here to read the interview.

Professor Heather Boon was appointed to the Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council earlier this week. Dr. Boon is one of twelve new board members at the council, whose duties will include the review of articles that appear in HerbalGram, HerbalEGram, HerbClip, and other peer-reviewed publications. Board members also provide feedback and advice to management of the American Botanical Council on research questions, article ideas, policies, book reviews, and...

Xagenic, the point-of-care molecular diagnostics company founded by Professor Shana Kelley of the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, recently reported the successful testing of its fully automated X1 molecular diagnostic testing system at an external clinical site. The external study confirmed that the combined chlamydia and gonorrhea assay designed to facilitate the screening and rapid treatment of these sexually-transmitted diseases was able to generate testing...

Colonel F.A. Tilston was a graduate of the Pharmacy program who left a lasting legacy on the battlefield and within the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

Born in Toronto in 1906, Frederick Albert Tilston completed his pharmacy training in 1929. During a long and successful Pharmacy career, he retired as president and chief executive officer of Sterling Drugs Ltd. But the pharmacy field was not the only field where his legacy was built.