Volume 94, Issue 34
Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Averting unwanted pregancies will become a little easier for British Columbia women on Dec. 1, as pharmacists will be able to distribute "the morning after pill."
B.C. Premier, Ujjal Dosanjh, announced last Thursday the province's laws will be changed to allow pharmacists to prescribe the emergency contraception pill, said Jeff Gaulin, a spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Health.
"The government believes it's a woman's right to choose whether to carry a pregancy through," Gaulin said.
Pharmacists who wish to administer the pill, which can be taken effectively up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, must complete a brief training session, he added. At this point, about 800 B.C. pharmacists have completed the training, he said.
Gaulin added pharmacists will be required to inform women about the pill's possible side-effects, which include nausea and vomitting.
"This is not an easy pill to take. It's not something you'd eat like candy," he said.
Easing the Strain on
Faced with a year-long waiting list of Parkinson's disease sufferers, Dr. Mandar Jog may finally be getting some help.
Jog, director of the Movement Disorders Program at the London Health Sciences Centre, said a new fellowship has been created that will allow him to train a helper.
"He will start in July 2001. He'll do one year with me," Jog said, of Chris Hyson, the recipient of the fellowship.
Jog added he is currently the only movement Disorders specialist in southern Ontario and desperately needs assistance to deal with his thousands of patients.
"The idea is that we want to bring people back here," Jog said. After Hyson completes his year of training, he will likely go to the US for additional training, then hopefully return to help ease the workload here, Jog stated.
Jog said he and Hyson will be experimenting with new drugs that could help manage symptoms and slow down the progression of movement disorders like Parkinson's.
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