Some antibiotic products containing amoxicillin in short supply, Health Canada says – National |

Some products containing a commonly used antibiotic are in short supply, according to Health Canada. The regulator told Global News on Friday that four companies — Sanis Health Inc., Apotex Inc., GlaxoSmithKline Inc. and Teva Canada Limited — are reporting shortages of drug products containing amoxicillin. There are still eight other companies that market amoxicillin … Read more

Canadian governments must fix health-care crisis, workers and advocates urge – National |

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted November 4, 2022 9:52 am Descrease article font size Increase article font size Associations representing Canada’s doctors, nurses and health organizations are calling on governments to work together to solve the health-care crisis that is affecting people across the country. The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and … Read more

Rapid response needed to address spike in heart disease cases linked to COVID-19: expert – National |

A Canadian heart researcher says a rapid response is needed to address the surge in cardiovascular cases linked to COVID-19 following recent studies that show the virus can increase a person’s risk of developing heart problems. “This is not new…. We’ve known about it for a long time that the risk is there … and … Read more

Canada health-care spending growth expected to stall after COVID surge: report – National |

The growth in health spending seen during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic will slow dramatically in 2022, predicts a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The total health spending in Canada is still expected to rise by 0.8 per cent this year, however that’s much lower than the 7.6 per … Read more

Low COVID-19 vaccine uptake in young kids concerning as viruses swirl, doctors say – National |

COVID-19 vaccines for children under five in Canada have been available for more than three months, but so far only a small fraction of eligible kids have received a pandemic shot, which is prompting doctors to sound the alarm as other viruses circulate and overwhelm children’s hospitals. Data compiled by the federal government from the … Read more

What is RSV? Here’s what to know about the virus as cases surge in Canada – National |

Canada is reporting an increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity that is “above-expected levels for this time of year” — leading to a surge of cases in ERs and hospitals across the country. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “is the most common virus that can infect the lungs … Read more

Canada’s premiers turn up the heat in new push for more health funding – National |

Canada’s premiers are dialing up the political heat in their efforts to get Ottawa to increase federal health transfers to the provinces and territories. The premiers have launched a new advertising campaign through the Council of the Federation, which comprises all 13 provincial and territorial premiers, aimed at ratcheting up public pressure on Prime Minister … Read more

Antidepressants more likely to be prescribed to LTC residents than other seniors: report – National |

Seniors living in long-term care across the country were three times more likely to have been prescribed antidepressants over the last five years than those in the community, a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information indicates. Just over 60 per cent of seniors living in long-term care were prescribed antidepressants in 2017, … Read more

Canada’s top doctor preparing for ‘worst-case scenario’ on COVID variants – National |

Canada’s chief public health officer says she is preparing for “worst-case scenario” COVID-19 variants, as early signs show a fall resurgence of the virus. At the House of Commons health committee, Dr. Theresa Tam says the Public Health Agency of Canada is keeping a careful eye on the evolution of Omicron variants, which are the … Read more

COVID, flu shots reduce ‘danger’ of needing other health measures this winter: Trudeau – National |

Canadians should get vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza to reduce the “danger” of needing other health measures this winter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. Speaking at an Ottawa-area event on Monday, Trudeau urged inoculation against the two respiratory viruses to protect the health-care system from dealing with preventable admissions. “One of things to remember as … Read more