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Treatment (Pharmaceutical)

Mandatory drug-shortage reporting a good start, but don’t stop there: Daryl Yeo

February 26, 2015

Daryl Yeo recalls the day in January 2013 when he learned of a clobazam shortage from an Epilepsy Ontario newsletter and had to contact his daughter, Lindsay, to ensure she had enough of the medication. Lindsay, who lives with epilepsy, contacted her pharmacy only to learn it had run out of clobazam, which sent her…

Pharma companies will be federally mandated to report drug shortages

February 12, 2015

The federal government announced Feb. 10 that Canadian pharmaceutical companies must post all actual and anticipated medication shortages in coming months, a move that is welcomed by the epilepsy advocacy community. Drug shortages have affected the epilepsy community in recent years. In January 2013, it was announced that clobazam, an anticonvulsant medication, was in short…

Mother calls for more action to develop mandatory drug-shortage database

March 21, 2014

When Diana went to fill her daughter’s clobazam prescription last week, she was in for a big surprise when the pharmacy told her it couldn’t supply her with all the medication her daughter needed.Diana was unaware there was a medication shortage. With the help of Epilepsy Ontario, Diana was able to get an additional supply…

EpLink researcher says team is ‘quite close’ to finding Lafora disease cure

November 7, 2013

By Deron Hamel Dr. Berge Minassian says he believes scientists are “getting quite close” to finding a cure for Lafora disease, characterized as the most serious form of epilepsy, with inroads made possible by the Ontario Brain Institute’s (OBI’s) EpLink research program. Minassian is one of more than 25 researchers at nine university and hospital…