Keyword: Pharmacogenetics

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2019 Drug Plan Trends Report: What’s next for drug plans?

Though many plan sponsors are still using step therapy to manage drug plan costs, pharmacogenetic testing is receiving attention as more providers enter the market, lower the cost and familiarize employers and insurers with the technology. As it becomes more sophisticated, there’s more information about how pharmacogentic testing works, says Sandra Ventin, associate vice-president at […]

  • By: Jann Lee
  • March 15, 2019 March 6, 2021
  • 08:53
Panel addresses pros and cons of pharmacogenetic testing

Pharmacogenetic testing can produce significant results for plan members, but it isn’t appropriate for everyone and should never be looked at in isolation, according to a panel discussion at Benefits Canada‘s Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum.  Speaking on the panel in Toronto on Dec. 5, Mark Faiz, chief executive officer of Personalized Prescribing Inc., said […]

A look at using pharmacogenetic testing in determining depression treatment

One young man is on the road to recovering from depression following timely pharmacogentic testing through his employer. Allison Hazell, director of genetics at Medcan, presented the case study during her presentation on genetics and pharmacogenetics at the company’s event in Toronto on Friday. The patient, a 28-year-old Medcan employee, had a history of depression. However, […]

  • By: Ryan Murphy
  • November 12, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:11
Staples Canada earns mental-health award for focus on early prevention

An increased focus on early intervention led Staples Canada to the mental-health award at Benefits Canada’s 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards in Toronto on Oct. 11.  After noticing that mental health was becoming a larger issue within the organization, Staples adopted the national standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace, created its own psychological health and […]

  • By: Ryan Murphy
  • October 25, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:45
Staples Canada focuses on mental health, pharmacogenetic testing

As many organizations turn their focus to mental-health awareness in October, Staples Canada is reminding its employees they have help available if they need it. The company’s October campaign will include promoting the employee assistance program, sharing the mental-health website from Morneau Shepell Inc. and fostering a stigma-free work environment, according to Kate Tilsley, Staples Canada’s senior director of […]

SSQ Insurance partners with genetic testing company

SSQ Life Insurance Co. Inc. is partnering with genetic testing company BiogeniQ Inc. to offer some plan members suffering from depression the chance to undergo testing aimed at identifying the appropriate treatment. Following the testing, which will be available to some SSQ plan members on disability leave for depression, a physician will use the information to […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 5, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00
Health costs to rise 11.8% in 2018, survey predicts

Insurance companies expect health costs to rise by 11.8 per cent this year, according to an annual survey by Accompass Inc. The survey determines the anticipated year-over-year cost increase or decrease — or health trend factor — by asking insurers to examine their businesses and take various factors into account, including legislation, claims utilization, inflation, fee increases […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 25, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 15:45
Hybrid of core coverage, personalized benefits touted as future of health plans

What’s the future of health benefits in Canada? A hybrid model of core coverage and personalized benefits is a likely scenario, speakers at an event in Toronto said on Wednesday. “Our vision is really a hybrid model, where you have this traditional benefit program there to support your employee should something happen, something unpredictable that […]

Telemedicine, pharmacogenetics among services in Medcan’s new health program

Toronto-based health company Medcan is introducing a health benefits program that includes telemedicine, pharmacogenetics and online health modules. More than 100 plan sponsors are currently using the program, which will continue to be rolled out to employers throughout 2018, according to the company’s president, Ashim Khemani. He notes it’s open to all employees, even though Medcan […]

RBC Insurance to study pharmacogenetic testing for biologic drugs

When RBC Insurance Services Inc. began offering pharmacogenetic testing to its group benefits plan sponsors and began a clinical study of the issue in relation to biologic drugs recently, it did so with a few things in mind. “There’s a number of issues we’re looking at as we consider how to approach addressing those issues, […]