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Pharmasave to source medical cannabis from CanniMed

BY Michael Johnsen

Aurora Cannabis and CanniMed Therapeutics announced Wednesday that CanniMed has entered into a letter of intent to become a preferred supplier of medical cannabis to Pharmasave, member-governed cooperative of more than 650 independently owned community pharmacies across Canada.

“Canadians trust pharmacists to help guide them to the right information and products to treat their conditions,” Terry Booth, Aurora CEO, said. “And now Pharmasave joins two other national pharmacy chains in showing their trust in us to provide them with medical cannabis products and education. These supply agreements allow us strong penetration into what is likely to be a sizable portion of the medical cannabis market, and they highlight the strength of our organizations, the scale of our operations and the world-class operational standards that both Aurora and CanniMed practice. We’re proud to partner with Pharmasave and expand our ability to help Canadians in need find the relief they are seeking.”

Pharmasave recognized some time ago that pharmacists need to be prepared to fulfill their role as medication experts in the area of medical cannabis. As such, for more than a year, Pharmasave has been educating Pharmasave pharmacists to ensure they are prepared to support patients and physicians in medication management.

This includes how medical cannabis may affect other medications the patient may take, any health conditions they might have and insights on how to identify and address mental health and addiction concerns in patients. CanniMed has supported this commitment to understanding medical cannabis with product information, access to medical experts and updates on the latest research and clinical information available. In addition to supplying Pharmasave pharmacists with medical cannabis once permitted, CanniMed and Aurora will continue to provide pharmacists with education related to medical cannabis.

Subject to changes to regulations that would allow such distribution, CanniMed and Aurora will supply and distribute high-quality medical cannabis, produced at the companies’ GMP compliant and GMP certified facilities, through Pharmasave pharmacists.

 

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Giant Food pharmacists on hand to help with longer allergy season

BY Michael Johnsen

Spring flowers are welcomed by many, but feared by those suffering through allergy season and all of the sneezing, congestion and red eyes that come with it. Giant Food on Wednesday announced that its pharmacists are on hand to offer expertise to help consumers prevent and combat allergy symptoms and can also assist with OTC and Rx allergy products.

And that’s good news, as the allergy season every year seems to get longer. Today, the National Wildlife Federation estimates that allergy season now lasts 27 days longer, as a result of rising global temperatures.

Early prevention is key, and even if pollen counts are still on the lower side right now, it’s a great time to get a head start on healthy habits. To help consumers manage allergy season, Giant’s team of pharmacists came together to share their best tips and tricks.

The top five pieces of advice are:

  • Mindful eating. Nutrition plays a large part in how your body reacts to allergy season, and it’s important that you nourish your body with food that doesn’t aggravate your allergies. Reduce the level of histamines in your system by eating onions, peppers, berries and parsley, which all have quercetin. When in doubt, you can schedule a personal consultation with a Giant Food nutritionist to review your questions and build a healthy shopping list;
  • Drink more (and less). Studies have found that alcohol can worsen allergies and increase sneezing, itching, headaches and coughing. Histamine is the culprit and is produced during the fermentation process. Try to limit weekday cocktails and opt for water instead. Drinking more water will reduce the levels of histamine in your system and help alleviate symptoms;
  • Ditch indoor plants with pollen. Many people own houseplants, unaware that they’re actively producing pollen. Common indoor plants that produce pollen include: daisies, bonsais, chamomile, male palms and chrysanthemums. There is enough pollen to worry about outside without bringing it in the home;
  • Head-to-toe spring cleaning. Even when practicing caution, people are likely to come in contact with allergens throughout the day and can carry them home with them. Their hair, shoes, clothing and pets will all collect outside allergens and bring them inside. Leaving shoes at the door and showering immediately after returning home will help reduce symptoms;
  • Keep windows closed. It may feel hard to shut the window on a warm spring day, but it’s recommended for consumers who are very susceptible to allergies. It’s recommended to keep their windows closed to prevent the wind from carrying pollen inside during allergy season. This is especially true for the bedroom to ensure they don’t wake up with itchy, swollen eyes as the mornings are when pollen is released the most.

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Pharmasave support of Canadian Cancer Society in full bloom

BY Michael Johnsen

Pharmasave on Monday announced it will once again partner with the Canadian Cancer Society for Daffodil Month.

Held every April, Daffodil Month is the charity’s national fundraising campaign. From April 1 to 30, daffodil pins will be available at Pharmasave’s more than 650 locations across the country. Funds raised will support world-class research and services for patients and their families, such as the Cancer Information Service which answered more than 43,000 questions from Canadians last year.

“When the ones we love are diagnosed with or die from cancer, friends and family often want to do something to help or honour them. Fundraising enables change and we can all have a part in advancing the cancer cause through our generosity,” Carly Schur, national director, corporate programs for the Canadian Cancer Society, said. “We are very pleased to partner with Pharmasave and are inspired by how the campaign has grown over the years thanks to the hard work and commitment of the staff in every store location.”

Pharmasave has been a committed partner of the Canadian Cancer Society over several years and has helped raise more than $370,000.

“From coast to coast, giving back to the community is a core value at Pharmasave,” Jennifer Engele, national manager, marketing and communications, said. Each Pharmasave store operates independently to serve its individual community, with programs and services tailored to the needs of the consumers and a commitment to helping all customers. “Pharmasave proudly supports what matters in communities because communities matter to Pharmasave,” Engele added.

This April, Pharmasave encourages Canadians to make donation and proudly wear a daffodil pin as a sign of their commitment to the fight against cancer.

 

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