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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New research shows that diabetes medications could treat COVID-19 in diabetes patients

A known drug (DPP4 inhibitor) bound to Covid-19 protein called SARS-CoV-2 Mpro, which is involved in its replication.

A DPP4 inhibitor bound to Covid-19 protein called SARS-CoV-2 Mpro, which is involved in its replication

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Pharmacy professor named Canadian Pharmacist of the Year

Kelly Grindrod "Pharmacists need to get comfortable making difficulty decisions."

Kelly Grindrod never was your traditional neighbourhood pharmacist.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Drive-thru medicine

Dani Thomas wearing protective equipment and pricking a patient's finger while the patient sits in her vehicle

Dani Thomas (Rx2018) stands a good distance from a car in the parking lot of Two Rivers Family Health Team in Cambridge. The person inside has their window rolled down and Dani’s wearing a mask, asking them questions. It’s mid-May and still snowing.

The person in the car is one of family health team’s patients on warfarin, a blood thinning medication that requires regular and careful monitoring by a pharmacist. Dani, a pharmacist on the team, jots down notes from the discussion and takes a drop of blood from the patient’s finger to test their levels. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Q and A with the experts: Medication shortages and access during the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, pharmacists are reporting a spike in drug shortages.

Professor Kelly Grindrod, a pharmacist and professor at the School of Pharmacy, explains why drug shortages are occurring, which medications are affected, and how Canadians can access medications at this time. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

University of Waterloo researchers developing DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine

Roderick Slavcev in a lab coat standing in lab

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a DNA-based vaccine that can be delivered through a nasal spray.

The vaccine will work by using engineered bacteriophage, a process that will allow the vaccine to stimulate an immune response in the nasal cavity and target tissues in the lower respiratory tract.

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