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September 13, 2019

Today's Family Medicine News Highlights

Today's Family Medicine News Highlights

    August 21, 2019

    In Memory of Dr. Bette Stephenson 1924–2019

    In 1929, at the age of five, Bette Stephenson decided she wanted to become a doctor. She was told that women could be nurses but not doctors—perhaps that only served as inspiration for her to prove those individuals wrong and pursue her dream. That determination remained with her throughout her 95 years and led to numerous personal and professional achievements and firsts. Dr. Bette Stephenson passed away on August 20, 2019, in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

    August 13, 2019

    The CFPC welcomes Dr. David Ponka as Director of the Besrour Centre

    On behalf of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. David Ponka to the role of Director of the Besrour Centre as of September 4, 2019. Dr. Ponka is well known to the Besrour community and the CFPC family. He has served as the centre’s research director and is currently the Chair of the Besrour Centre Advisory Council.

    July 19, 2019

    Notice re Epi-Pen shortage

    The CFPC has been advised of a shortage of the EpiPen 0.3MG/0.3ML auto-injectors (used for adults and children over 20kg) on the drug shortages website. The shortage is expected to last until early October. As a prevention measure, Pfizer Canada will manage the available EpiPen 0.3 mg supply in Canada through measured national allocation to wholesalers. There will be close monitoring of supply and demand. This allocation intends to protect stock for the peak season for EpiPens which occurs at the beginning of the school year (late Aug to mid-September).

      July 18, 2019

      CFPC statement re Globe and Mail coverage of abortion drug access

      The College of Family Physicians of Canada is greatly concerned with how our organization, and members, have been misrepresented in recent articles published in the Globe and Mail regarding access to the abortion pill, Mifegymiso. For this reason, we are responding to the Globe and Mail to share our concerns in collaboration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), which was also misrepresented in the articles. We want to make you aware of the steps we are taking to clarify their options in prescribing Mifegymiso as well as the College’s mandate that is focused on family physician training and continuing professional development.

        July 12, 2019

        CFPC Board of Directors Decisions/Directions and Impacts – June 2019

        Read a summary of motions from the June 2019 Board meeting.

        June 21, 2019

        Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

        Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day activities and events across Canada. The CFPC proudly supports Indigenous family medicine leaders of tomorrow through dedicated scholarships and awards: CFPC Indigenous Medical Student Scholarship CFPC Indigenous Student Leadership Award Indigenous Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award Learn more about the Honours and Awards Program.

          June 13, 2019

          Ipsos survey shows health care is a top priority in the 2019 federal election

          (June 13, 2019, Mississauga, ON) In advance of the 2019 federal election, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) commissioned Ipsos to conduct a poll on the importance of various election issues and what health matters are top of mind in Canada. The results were released today. The responses show that Canadians rate health care as a key concern in this federal election. Furthermore, the importance that federal leaders place on primary health care issues could sway how survey respondents will vote in October.

          June 12, 2019

          CFPC applauds recommendation to adopt a national universal pharmacare plan

          (June 12, 2019, Mississauga, ON) - The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) applauds the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare for today’s announcement recommending a universal, single-payer, public pharmacare plan for Canada. The CFPC continues to advocate for such an approach and has urged all federal political parties to adopt this model as part of its Report Card document, The Role of the Federal Government in Health Care.

          June 12, 2019

          Preserving antibiotics now and into the future

          NEW! Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer releases a report-- Preserving antibiotics now and into the future that shines a light on the importance of using antibiotics responsibly.

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