OxyContin maker Purdue pleads guilty to charges related to opioid crisis

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades. In... Read more »

Fever, loss of taste or smell among telltale COVID-19 symptoms in Canadian kids

New research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) found that one-third of children who tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 had no symptoms, but in those that did, loss... Read more »

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty, admits to role in deadly opioid epidemic

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades. In... Read more »

Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody drug gets interim authorization in Canada

Canada has granted interim authorization to Eli Lilly’s antibody drug for treating COVID-19 in patients who are not hospitalized but are at risk of serious illness because of their age or other conditions,... Read more »

AstraZeneca starts new COVID-19 prevention trials of antibody cocktail

AstraZeneca has started late-stage trials of an experimental long-acting monoclonal antibody combination drug it hopes could be used as a so-called prophylactic to prevent COVID-19 infection in at-risk people for up to 12... Read more »

What you need to know as we get closer to a COVID-19 vaccine

This week’s edition of Second Opinion is a collaboration with CBC’s The Dose podcast, hosted by Dr. Brian Goldman.  As more regions of Canada enter lockdown and increase restrictions in an effort to contain the alarming... Read more »

Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in U.S.

Pfizer said Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next... Read more »

WHO advises against treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients with remdesivir

Gilead’s remdesivir is not recommended for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, regardless of how ill they are, as there is no evidence the drug improves survival or reduces the need for ventilation, a... Read more »

Health Canada warns against UV products that falsely claim to kill COVID-19 virus

Health Canada is warning the public about the harms of using ultraviolet lights and wands that falsely claim to kill the COVID-19 virus. The agency is asking the public to report the... Read more »

Canadian ER visits dropped by half during 1st wave of pandemic, national data shows

Emergency and operating rooms across the country were historically empty during the first months of the pandemic, according to national data compiled by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The biggest... Read more »