The Health Council of Canada has issued a report on a forum it hosted in June, 2007, Safe And Sound: Optimizing Prescribing Behaviours - Summary of Main Themes and Insights. The Council states that it wants to encourage government action on the National Pharmaceuticals Strategy and, in particular, action to promote the optimal prescribing of medicines. Among other things, the report calls for further efforts in providing education and information for patients and prescribers.

The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), which issued a press release saying it welcomes the Health Council's report, has also announced the launch of "Rx for Change" a publicly accessible database of studies and reports on interventions to support changes in prescribing and utilization of medicines. CADTH will host a web cast on December 10, 2007 to introduce this resource to interested persons.

For more information, please visit:

Health Council of Canada:  http://www.healthcouncilcanada.ca/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=190&Itemid=10

CADTH:  http://www.cadth.ca/index.php/en/media-centre/2007/11/1/131