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  • The case for an essential medicines list for Canada

    Published Tue Jun 14th 2016

    Congratulations to Dr. Jacalyn Duffin on the publishing of a recent article in the Canadian Medical Journal entitled "The case for an essential medicine list for Canada"http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2016/06/13/cmaj.160134

    Dr. Duffin's article was also referred to in a recent CBC News feature entitled "How an essential medicine list could benefit Canadians".http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/essential-medicines-prescription-drugs-1.3632826

    Extracted from the CBC News Article - June 13, 2016:

    "In Monday's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, a hematologist at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., and her colleagues present a case for an essential medicines list for Canada.

    An essential medicines list includes between 200 and 500 medicines that a government commits to keeping in stock because officials consider them high priorities. (Lists vary from country to country, based on local needs.) 

    Drugs on the list are the gold standard, with proven effectiveness and safety, said Duffin, who also holds the Hannah Chair in the history of medicine at Queen's."