Gaps in access to medication information puts Canadian patients at risk

A pile of many different medications on a table.

“Health-care providers in Canada should have universal access to high-quality, standardized medication information and right now, they don’t.”

– Dr. Lise M. Bjerre

A universally accessible medication information reference could help reduce inappropriate prescribing and errors and even save lives, according to a new report.

Released by the Rational Therapeutics and Medication Policy (RTMP) Research Group, the report is intended to set health-care providers in the right direction towards the ideal Canadian medication guide.

Based in Ottawa, the research group is led by Dr. Lise M. Bjerre, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and clinician-investigator with the Department of Family Medicine and Bruyère Research Institute.

Dr. Bjerre prefaced the report by stating that “health-care providers in Canada should have universal access to high-quality, standardized medication information and right now, they don’t. This is deeply concerning.”

The report identifies gaps in access to Canada’s existing medication information resources, and calls on the federal government for support to fund universal access to high-quality medication information that meets the needs of both health-care providers and patients in Canada.

Read the report.

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Dr. Lise M. Bjerre

 

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