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Apr  18

Victoria News – Victoria pharmacist using DNA to manage patient medications 

When Dr. Corey Nislow examines his DNA, it doesn’t tell him why he’s five-foot-10-inches tall or why he speaks with a New York accent. But his DNA could tell him what type of medication works for him and the best dosage to suit his needs. That’s ... 

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Apr  6

Energetic City – Fort St. John pharmacy participating in groundbreaking medication research 

Many people have been in a situation where they have had to try multiple medications and dosages before finding one that works but there is now ongoing research that could see DNA used to determine which medications and dosages will or won’t work for a ... 

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Mar  31

Prince George Citizen – DNA to help predict drug interactions 

Next time you are off to the pharmacy to pick up your medication, don't forget to drop off your saliva. Soon, patients throughout British Columbia will be able to walk into their local pharmacy and take a test that will accurately predict whether the m... 

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Mar  30

Jim Harrison Show on Radio NL – Dr. Corey Nislow talks DNA testing at BC community pharmacies 

Dr. Corey Nislow is interviewed live on the Jim Harrison Show about the new project looking at DNA testing in BC community pharmacies.... 

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Mar  30

Canadian Healthcare Network – BC genome project moves to phase two 

This spring, select community pharmacists across British Columbia will begin recruiting patients taking mental health drugs for the second phase of the “Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy” project.... 

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Mar  29

Castanet – Pharmacies want your DNA 

If your pharmacist asks you to spit into a tube next time you pick up a prescription, don’t be alarmed. Several Okanagan pharmacies are taking part in a research study that's aiming to use patient DNA to help prescribe medication more effectively.... 

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Mar  29

RoundHouse Radio – New pilot program taking precision drug therapy from the lab and putting it into the hands of B.C. pharmacists 

(Clip starts at 40:00) GenomeBC's Ivana Cecic discusses a new pilot program, co-funded by BCPhA, that's taking precision drug therapy from the lab and putting it into the hands of B.C. pharmacists. ... 

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Mar  29

CPhA – Pharmacist care for patients with hypertension would save Canada's health care system more than $15.7 billion 

First study of its kind highlights significant economic impact of pharmacist care in hypertension management... 

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Mar  28

Okanagan Edge – Prescription decided by DNA? 

Several Okanagan pharmacies are taking part in a research study that’s aiming to use patient DNA to help prescribe medication more effectively.... 

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Mar  28

News Release – Top five pharmacy services you might not know about 

Community pharmacists in British Columbia are one of your best ways to access high quality, primary health-care services, particularly in rural areas of the province. As part of Pharmacist Awareness Month in March, B.C.’s pharmacists are reminding the ... 

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Mar  22

News Release – DNA testing at BC community pharmacies comes one step closer 

Imagine if before taking a medication, you could walk into your local pharmacy and take a test that could accurately predict whether the medication would work for you and the dosage best suited to you—all based on your DNA.... 

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Mar  7

Benefits Canada – Pharmacists play an essential role in Canada's health-care system: survey 

The majority (92 per cent) of Canadians believe pharmacists play an essential or important role in Canada’s health-care system, according to a new survey by Abacus Data.... 

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Mar  4

CTV News – There is no quick fix to fentanyl crisis 

BC Pharmacy Association vice-president Alex Dar Santos speaks to CTV News after attending round-table discussion on opioid crisis with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.... 

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Feb  15

Canadian Healthcare Network – BCPhA launching new health coaching programs with Green Shield 

After years of talking about the need to add more clinical services, the B.C. Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) decided it was time to do something about. So, building on a cardiovascular risk management program launched with Green Shield Canada (GSC) in 20... 

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Feb  10

Benefits Canada – Pharmacogenomic testing to be available in Canadian pharmacies 

Pharmacogenomic testing is coming to a pharmacy near you, following a joint venture between the British Columbia Pharmacy Association and myDNA, a genetic interpretation service based in Melbourne, Australia.... 

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Feb  10

Canadian Healthcare Network – BCPhA leads rollout of pharmacy DNA testing across Canada 

What if physicians, pharmacists and patients could be certain, when a drug is prescribed, that the patient is getting exactly the optimal dosage and form of the right medicine—the one that will work most effectively, with the fewest problems, based on t... 

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Jan  18

BC Government News – Quit smoking one step at a time 

Quitting smoking is easier than ever thanks to changes to the BC Smoking Cessation Program. Now a healthier lifestyle is just a pharmacy visit away.... 

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Dec  16

Canadian Healthcare Network – B.C. pharmacist Omar Alasaly honoured for commitment to charitable work 

Congratulations to BCPhA member Omar Alasaly, who was recently recognized with the 2016 Commitment to Care & Service Award for Charitable Work.... 

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Dec  14

Alaska Highway News – Work continues to save Hudson's Hope pharmacy 

Officials in Hudson’s Hope are working to stave off closure of the district’s only pharmacy after the death of one of its employees earlier this fall.... 

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Nov  19

Oak Bay News – Five-point mental health plan pushes standardized care 

The Canadian Mental Health Association BC calls for creation of a standardized, compassionate and evidence-based system of care for people living with addictions problems.... 

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