Tag: pharmaceuticals

Episode 12 – Rapid Fire Treatment Options for COVID-19

Welcome back Rounds Table Listeners! This week we are going back to our Rapid Fire Format to review two papers looking at new data on treatment options for patients with COVID-19. Is Remdesivir effective in the treatment of COVID-19? https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2007764 Is Lopinavir-ritonavir effective in the treatment of COVID-19? https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2001282   And for The Good Stuff….…

Regulators grapple with Canada’s first generic biologic drug

Biologic drugs have revolutionized treatments for diseases from cancer to multiple sclerosis. But because they’re developed out of living organisms, they’re more expensive than conventional drugs, adding to the strain on publicly funded drug plans. Fortunately, a new shift should make them cheaper. Many biologics will soon have their patents expire. That means Subsequent Entry Biologics (SEB) – which are…

How much interaction should medical students have with industry?

Is there any role for industry in medical education?

A drug company sales representative stands in front of a class of University of Toronto medical students and delivers her well-rehearsed sales pitch about the benefits of her company’s birth control pill. Hold on: Isn’t this sort of interaction between the pharmaceutical industry and med students supposed to be forbidden because of concerns about conflicts…

Access to expensive drugs: greater demand, improved transparency

Each weekday, staff at the Exceptional Access Program (EAP) of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care receive between 250 and 300 requests for special prescription medications. These prescription drugs—typically expensive medications that are felt to be cost effective only when used to treat selected patients with specific problems—are not on the province’s regular…

National pharmacare: who are the winners and losers?

The Canada Health Act includes public coverage of services provided in hospitals and by doctors, but not prescription medications taken outside of hospital. Most provincial drug plans do provide some public coverage, but many Canadians lack drug coverage. In the last 25 years, prescription medications have become both more important and more expensive. Bringing prescription…