July 2019: BBQ Success & Allergy Season

July 2019: BBQ Success & Allergy Season

On Saturday, June 15, we hosted our 2nd Annual Community Yard Sale & BBQ at Rosslyn IDA Pharmacy and what a turnout! We had 17 vendors selling a variety of products from home yard sale items to paintings to honey to homemade jewellery and bows. We were lucky to have a beautiful day and it was great to see everyone from the community come out and enjoy the day, while raising money for the Rural Cupboard Food Bank. We sold out of burgers and hot dogs, went out and bought some more, and sold out again! The community event raised over $600 for the Rural Cupboard Food Bank, and multiple bags of donated food items. Great job and a huge thank you to all who were involved and helped out to make the event a success for everyone! Thanks for supporting local business!

June 2019: The Rural Pharmacist: Managing Ticks this Summer & Community Yard Sale/BBQ

June 2019: The Rural Pharmacist: Managing Ticks this Summer & Community Yard Sale/BBQ

Bullseye! A term typically associated with accuracy and precision can unfortunately be the cause of concern during this time of the year. Spring is nearly over and it has officially become bug-season. Several patients have already contacted the pharmacy with questions regarding the prevalence of ticks in our area. For that reason I’d like to take this opportunity to shed some “lymelight” on ticks and how to properly protect yourselves this summer.

May 2019: The Rural Pharmacist: Minor Ailments Prescribing is Coming!

May 2019: The Rural Pharmacist: Minor Ailments Prescribing is Coming!

April Showers bring May Flowers.. maybe not as quickly as we would like but the seasonal promise comes true sooner or later. April also brought us Premier Doug Ford’s budget (spoiler alert: no flowers). While there may have been surprises – good or bad, but we won’t go there - there was a welcoming addition to the pharmacist’s scope of practice and one that will benefit all Ontarians. Pharmacists will be allowed to diagnose and treat minor ailments by this time next year, and that ability will allow patients the convenience of access to timely care and reduce the stress on emergency rooms and physicians.

April 2019: INR Monitoring/OHIP+ Updates

April 2019: INR Monitoring/OHIP+ Updates

Believe it or not there are many patients still using a medication called warfarin. Warfarin has been around for a long time and can be used for the prevention of blood clots. In recent years, however, several newer medications have begun to replace warfarin. From a patient’s perspective, there is certainly an appeal to these new medications as they do not require frequent blood monitoring. Sometimes one check-up per year will do. However, there is a subset of people where warfarin is actually preferred and that’s where Rosslyn IDA Pharmacy wants to help!

March 2019: OHIP+ Updates/Probiotics

March 2019: OHIP+ Updates/Probiotics

The annual flu shot was worth the poke and pinching pain this year! Canadian researchers have determined that this year’s vaccine was a very impressive match to this year’s dominant strain - H1N1. Those who received their annual flu shot had their risk reduced by approximately 72% - meaning that if there were 10 cases of influenza in unvaccinated people the number of cases would have been reduced to just 3 people if they were all vaccinated. That’s a significant difference, especially when extrapolating out to thousands of people. It’s easy to understand why reducing the risk of influenza with the annual vaccine greatly reduces the stress on the public health system.  This year’s vaccine was much more successful than last year, which was only about 20% effective against last year’s dominant strain H3N2. Great job to all those who protected themselves and others by getting vaccinated this year! And if you didn’t get around to it this year.. there’s always next year! ;) 

February 2019: Last Minute Flu Shots/Canada Food Guide & Dairy

February 2019: Last Minute Flu Shots/Canada Food Guide & Dairy

At the time of writing this article the Ontario government has ceased provision of the annual influenza vaccine to community pharmacies. Health Canada reports that the influenza season reached peak levels in the last week of December. Not surprising perhaps considering that family and friend gatherings generally peak throughout the holidays. Nonetheless, many patients continue to inquire about the availability of the vaccine and where they can have it administered.

January 2019: New Years Resolutions? Quit Smoking!

January 2019: New Years Resolutions? Quit Smoking!

A new year is here – 2018 has given us many memories and 2019 brings on new challenges and goals.  New Years Resolutioners are vowing to get back to the gym, eat a healthier diet, budget their earnings or quit smoking.  Making these lifestyle changes isn’t always easy and keeping them sustainable is the real challenge. We want our resolutions to be more than just a January To Do List! Our pharmacists are here to help smokers kick the habit to make their homes and our community a healthier place.

November 2018: Flu Shot a Good Match!

November 2018: Flu Shot a Good Match!

Flu shots are now available to the public at your local Rosslyn and Kakabeka Falls IDA Pharmacy! No appointment needed!

Last year’s flu vaccine was a bit of a disappointment as it was a poor match for the infecting strains. Last year’s vaccine was only 17% effective in preventing respiratory illness from H3N2 (the dominant A strain of influenza) and 55% effective in preventing respiratory illness from the dominant B strain, according to Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network.

October 2018: Flu Season is Approaching!

October 2018: Flu Season is Approaching!

It’s that time of the year again but no, we’re not talking about the start of another NHL season “cough”. Go Leafs. The flu season is approaching, and it typically begins mid-October lasting until April of the following year.  The annual influenza vaccine or “flu shot” is the most effective method to protect ourselves and others from contracting influenza (aka the flu). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the vaccination, we’ll give you a quick run-down on how to keep yourself, and others, healthy this flu season.

September 2018: Back To School

September 2018: Back To School

Here we go again. Back to the classroom for another year of discovery, learning and growth. Many of us are sad to see summer vacation in the rear-view mirror, but September returns the whole family back to a routine and that can take some adjustment, for both the parent and the child. We hope this summer brought many memories.. it was memorable for my wife and I with the arrival of our baby boy!

August 2018: Addressing Product Recalls

August 2018: Addressing Product Recalls

“Several drugs containing valsartan being recalled due to contamination with a potential carcinogen”. This was the title of an article recently released by Health Canada, the regulatory body overseeing the safe and effective use of prescription medications in Canada. This article was released on July 9, 2018 and was quickly jumped on by mainstream media. “Health Canada recalls blood pressure drug valsartan after carcinogenic ingredient detected” announced The Globe and Mail. CBC warned that “Some heart, high blood pressure drugs containing valsartan recalled due to cancer risk”. It wasn’t long before posts began appearing on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. In response to this Health Canada advisory, there were several people who contacted our pharmacy to get more information about the product recall.

July 2018: What to do about Insect bites and Stings

July 2018: What to do about Insect bites and Stings

Summer is here! But so are the bugs. Big ones, little ones, furry ones, some of them sting, some of them make you itch. Many of us wish mosquitoes would fly far away to never bother us again, but insects are beneficial for our ecosystem. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try keep our distance. Insects can carry a variety of diseases depending on where the insect lives in the world, although serious health consequences from insect stings are rare in Canada and usually result from anaphylaxis reactions.

June 2018: Protecting your Skin this Summer

June 2018: Protecting your Skin this Summer

With the welcoming of spring and the anticipation of summer, more and more people are finding themselves leaving the couch behind and spending time outdoors. Whether it’s shopping for deals at a local yard sale or battling the never ending, sometimes thankless task of spring yard cleanup, people are finding any excuse to step outside. With that being said, it’s time discuss a very important health issue that sometimes gets forgotten over the winter months. That’s right! Skin care and how to help prevent sun-induced skin damage. Why treat a sunburn when you can help prevent skin damage from occurring in the first place? Wearing proper clothing and applying sunscreen are two great options for protecting your skin. So let’s get started! When it comes to preventing sun-induced skin damage, we’ve got you covered. Pun? Absolutely intended.

May 2018: Life Balance and Mental Health

May 2018: Life Balance and Mental Health


Mental illness and addiction can present in a variety of ways. Although everyone feels worried or anxious from time to time, mental illness gets in the way of thinking, relating to others or day-to-day functions. There are many types of mental illness, and each affects a person in a different way, with unique challenges. Examples include: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD and several others. A mental illness diagnosis can be temporary or last a lifetime while being effectively managed through treatment.

April 2018: All About Shingles

April 2018: All About Shingles

You may have seen ads recently in magazines and on TV advertising a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix. Maybe you’ve already had the Zostavax vaccine. Maybe you were thinking about it after seeing a friend or family member go through an episode of shingles. Let me tell you: Shingles can be nasty and I’ve seen patients suffer from the pain for weeks, even months, after the rash resolves.

February 2018: Smoking Cessation

February 2018: Smoking Cessation

You’ve probably heard it before: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada, killing more than 40,000 Canadians every year. Canada has an initiative called “Under 5 by ‘35”, where the goal is to have less than 5% of Canadians smoking tobacco by the year 2035; current data suggests that approximately 18% of Canadians are smokers. By reaching our goal in 2035, we could save thousands of lives from tobacco-related disease and death and improve the quality of life of so many more. Surveys show 85% of cigarette smokers would like to stop, 75% of smokers have tried to quit at least once and over half of all Canadians who have smoked quit successfully.  Our pharmacists are here to help those in our community reach their goal of being smoke-free.