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A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.

Medications Resources

Reprinted from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2), p. 34

Medication Help

  • Your prescribing doctor

  • Your pharmacist

  • BC NurseLine: 24-hour, confidential health information and advice. Anywhere in the province, call the BC NurseLine to speak to a registered nurse 24-hours or a pharmacist from 5 pm to 9 am every day. 1-866-215-4700 or 604-215-4700.

General Information

  • BC HealthGuide Medications Library: Information on uses, side effects and how to take certain medications.

  • National Institute of Mental Health (US) booklet on Medications: A detailed resource that lists and describes medications for treating mental disorders.

  • BC Mental Health Information Line: Information about mental disorders and referral resources or publications. 1-800-661-2121 or 604-669-7600.

  • College of Pharmacists of BC: Tips and FAQs.

  • Canadian Health Network: Search for information on types of medications. Also includes guidelines on how to evaluate health information on the internet.

  • BC Ministry of Health: Basic information on pharmacare programs, Medical Services Plan, Plan G forms: or contact Enquiry BC at 604-660-2421, 1-800-663-7867 or [email protected]

  • Drug monographs.† Health Canada will start publishing medication monographs in 2008. Watch Health Canada’s Drug and Health Products site for updates. (In the meantime, and do have monographs in their Medications section).

Medication Safety

  • Health Canada’s MedEffect Canada section for drug and health product safety: Features advisories, warning, and recalls—for consumers and professionals. Also includes a link to the national Adverse Drug Reaction database.

  • Prescription drug information from a US nonprofit group.

  • Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada: Independent, national, non-profit agency committed to the advancement of medication safety in all healthcare settings.

  • National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities: Founded by Canada’s pharmacy regulatory bodies, has drug warnings for consumers.


  • JoinTogether: From Boston University’s School of Public Health, includes a free online course for professionals on medications for alcohol dependence.

  • Interactions between Psychiatric Medications and Drugs of Abuse and Basic Pharmacology in Mental Health and Substance Use: Online courses offered by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario.


This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement or resources

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