As Canadian life expectancy increases, older patients and their caregivers face difficult questions regarding the risks and benefits of treatment options. Some treatments are more invasive than others: how can patients and healthcare providers decide which option is best?
This year the holy month of Ramadan spans from June 7 to July 7. This is a time of fasting, prayer, and charity during which many Muslims will not ingest anything between dawn and sunset. This includes food, drink, and medications.
Though Muslims who are sick or have a chronic health conditions are exempt from Ramadan, many still choose to fast. Thus, pharmacists may be required to adjust medication schedules and dosage strengths for patients on oral medications, suppositories, or eye, ear and nose drops.
Fourth-year student and former Waterloo Society of Pharmacy Students president Jennifer Mackenzie received the 2016 Ontario Pharmacist Association’s (OPA) Student of Distinction Award for her leadership ability and commitment to advancing the profession.