Consulting regularly with your healthcare team, including your doctor and pharmacist, is important for protecting your specific arthritis health issues. Physicians have the details of your medical history and the training to make a diagnosis and decision about your arthritis treatment.
Having said that, people see their pharmacists about eight times more often than their primary care physician. Pharmacists are important resources, based on the frequency that people with arthritis purchase over-the-counter treatments such as acetaminophen, nutritional supplements, splints, and prescription medications. Not only are pharmacists trained to prepare and dispense medications prescribed by physicians, they can also: Continue reading
I am excited to announce a new partnership between Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE), the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC), and Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix (“Shoppers”).
Together the three partners have created a new health awareness campaign, part of which offers free arthritis prevention, screening and treatment information provided by pharmacists at more than 1,200 Shoppers stores across Canada. The initiative was announced today at a launch event in Toronto, which was attended by the Federal Minister of Health; Rona Ambrose, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Dr. Jane Aubin; Shoppers Drug Mart Chief Executive Officer and President Domenic Pilla; as well as ACE and ARC executives. Continue reading
Pharmacist and director of Pharmacy Partners Ltd. David Mitchell shared the innovative health care approaches of his home country, New Zealand. Mitchell was the keynote speaker of the 2013 BCPhA Annual Conference in Kelowna this past weekend.
Arthritis Consumer Experts were honoured with David Mitchell’s appearance in a lunch presentation on Monday. Mitchell reiterated his presentation from the conference to his Vancouver audience at the Metropolitan Hotel. In his presentation, he talked about what BC can learn from New Zealand’s pharmacy model and how it effectively manages chronic diseases, reduces costs and improves health care. He also discussed about one part of the model that may raise concerns for patients. Continue reading
Arthritis Broadcast Network asks Dr. Kam Shojania, “What role do you see for pharmacists in the future of arthritis healthcare?”
While representing arthritis consumers at the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Arthritis Consumer Experts and ABN took the opportunity to interview rheumatologists, researchers, and consumers who attended the event. We talked to them about arthritis research and care, what they value from this annual conference, their views on the expanding role of pharmacists in the future of arthritis healthcare, and more.
In this video, we interviewed Dr. Kam Shojania from Vancouver, BC.