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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. www.bchealthguide.org/medications.asp

  • National Institute of Mental Health (US) booklet on Medications: A detailed resource that lists and describes medications for treating mental disorders. www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/medications/summary.shtml

  • 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. www.bcpharmacists.org/youandyourpharmacist

  • 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: www.gov.bc.ca/health or contact Enquiry BC at 604-660-2421, 1-800-663-7867 or EnquiryBC@gov.bc.ca

  • Drug monographs.† Health Canada will start publishing medication monographs in 2008. Watch Health Canada’s Drug and Health Products site for updates.
    www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/index_e.html (In the meantime, www.mentalhealth.com and www.healthyplace.com 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. www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/index_e.html

  • Worstpills.org: 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. www.ismp-canada.org

  • National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities: Founded by Canada’s pharmacy regulatory bodies, has drug warnings for consumers. www.napra.org/docs/0/509.asp

Training

  • JoinTogether: From Boston University’s School of Public Health, includes a free online course for professionals on medications for alcohol dependence. www.drugfree.org/join-together

  • 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. www.camh.net/education/Online_courses_webinars/index.html

Disclaimer:

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

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