Drug Response

Which antidepressants will work best for your post partum depression?

Becoming a mother is a time of immense happiness for most women. But new mothers also experience frustration, worry, disappointment and guilt. Postpartum “baby blues” are common and typically start days after birth and last up to two weeks. Symptoms include mood swings, anxiety, tearfulness, and trouble sleeping. Sometimes [...]


Pharmacogenetic testing for guiding prescription of biologic medications? Myths vs reality

The escalating cost of biologic medications has private and public plan sponsors concerned. Many are turning to new technologies to stratify patient populations with the aim of reducing the total cost of biologics. Some providers are considering pharmacogenetic tests to guide selection of drug therapy. Others are looking at [...]

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Cannabis – How can private health benefits plan sponsors and insurers make the right coverage decisions for plan members?

The legalization of cannabis poses a challenge for employers and insurers, as they are expected to cover the cost of medical cannabis as a part of their employee health benefits. A recent Deloitte report indicates that 7% of adult Canadian population are daily cannabis users, of which 29% are [...]

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Cannabis for pain management: is it for everyone?

Among the recreational users, less than 30% of Cannabis is used for specific medical reasons, such as chronic pain management, nausea treatment, or anxiety and sleep. Source: A society in transition, an industry ready to bloom from Deloitte According to Health Canada, there are just under 300,000 registered medical cannabis users [...]