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New program measures performance of Canadian pharmacies

A new program that aims to move community pharmacies away from a transactional relationship with payors to a shared accountability for patient health outcomes is underway, beginning with measuring performance. Moving toward a value-based system is key because Canada currently spends more per capita on health care, on average, than any other country in the […]

Conference coverage: 2018 Halifax Benefits Summit

On Sept. 20, the 2018 Halifax Benefits Summit featured insightful sessions on benefits, health and wellness and drug plan trends. With population numbers struggling in the Maritimes, the conference looked at how companies can ensure they’re providing plan members with the best, most competitive benefits options in order to attract and retain talent.  Here are some of the highlights of […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 5, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:00
The costs, benefits of pharmacy services on private drug plans

Perceptions of pharmacists are behind the times. While plan members, and even plan sponsors, may see the role of the pharmacist as primarily counting pills, there’s much more that goes into filling a prescription, delegates heard at the 2018 Halifax Benefits Summit in September. This includes keeping up to date with medications, talking with patients and thinking […]

The role of pharmacists in improving access to health care, patient outcomes

Despite significant awareness and discussion around what ails Canada’s health-care system, little has changed, said Rose Dipchand at the 2018 Halifax Benefits Summit on Sept. 20. Substantial economic challenges remain, the population continues to get older and unhealthier, wait times are still increasing and there’s poor adherence to treatment, noted Pharmasave’s regional manager of professional […]

Lost, damaged prescriptions cost Canadians $35M in productivity, travel last year: study

Lost or damaged prescriptions cost Canadians more than $35 million in productivity, extra travel and time spent filling prescriptions and the potential for adverse health events due to medications that aren’t taken at all, according to a new study by Canada Health Infoway. The study found 40 per cent of Canadians who lost or damaged prescriptions […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 22, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:15
Manulife, Shoppers Drug Mart launch medical marijuana partnership

Manulife Financial Corp. is launching a medical marijuana program in partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. this fall. The program, which will be available for participating group benefits plans and individual plans in Canada, will involve specially trained pharmacists from Shoppers Drug Mart at a patient care centre based in Ontario. The pharmacists will be available to […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 31, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:26
Pharmacy benefits managers to play growing role in boosting outcomes, addressing costs

Health-care costs are projected to increase a whopping 130 per cent over the next eight years after a period of relatively flat growth, according to a study published by Mercer in 2017. One of the key drivers is rising drug costs, with expensive specialty medications and gene therapies making up the majority of new products in development. So […]

  • April 30, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 14:22
Get creative in making space for new technologies in benefits plans

It’s an exciting time for group benefits in Canada. That’s not a phrase you hear every day, but it’s one that’s coming up more and more often. Terms like “digital health” and “disruption” are new words to the Canadian benefits vernacular. All of a sudden, it seems like a new digital health startup launches every […]

  • By: Tim Clarke
  • February 9, 2018 March 17, 2021
  • 08:54
Express Scripts awarded contract to process health claims for Indigenous Canadians

Express Scripts Canada has won a five-year contract to process millions of pharmacy, dental, vision, mental health and medical supplies and equipment claims for Indigenous Canadians. The contract, awarded by Health Canada, includes options for renewal for up to 11 years. Read: Plan members need help with co-ordinating care: report “Express Scripts Canada is extremely pleased to have […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 2, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:05
Options to optimize mental-health treatments

While medications to treat mental illness are a major source of drug spending, that money may be going to waste if patients don’t take their drugs as prescribed. Presenting at the recent Mental Health Summit Vancouver, Allison Nourse, national director of pharmacy innovation at Pharmasave Drugs Ltd., explored the ways community pharmacists can optimize medications […]

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • December 20, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00