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Friday, May 28, 2010

Site Updates: DrugCoverage.ca Plus More Updates

After a three week hiatus from the blogosphere due to my Euro-vacation, I am back with some updates to the site.

Note on the left hand side under "Useful Links" I have added a new section - "Drug Databases". Of the 7 current links listed, I would like to highlight a useful tool - DrugCoverage.ca .

"Reimbursement / Coverage Information for Medications Used in Cancer Treatment:

Click on the medication name (on the website) to view drug-specific information on reimbursement / coverage through private insurance, provincial / territorial drug benefit programs, federal plans and reimbursement assistance programs where available. This is a new section and the information for all the medications is not currently available. Alternately, for information on how cancer medicines in general are covered within each province or territory, click here."

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Pharmacy History

"The earliest known compilation of medicinal substances was ARIANA the Sushruta Samhita, an Indian Ayurvedic treatise attributed to Sushruta in the 6th century BC. However, the earliest text as preserved dates to the 3rd or 4th century AD.
Many Sumerian (late 6th millennium BC - early 2nd millennium BC) cuneiform clay tablets record prescriptions for medicine.[3]

Ancient Egyptian pharmacological knowledge was recorded in various papyri such as the Ebers Papyrus of 1550 BC, and the Edwin Smith Papyrus of the 16th century BC.

The earliest known Chinese manual on materia medica is the Shennong Bencao Jing (The Divine Farmer's Herb-Root Classic), dating back to the 1st century AD. It was compiled during the Han dynasty and was attributed to the mythical Shennong. Earlier literature included lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by a manuscript "Recipes for 52 Ailments", found in the Mawangdui tomb, sealed in 168 BC. Further details on Chinese pharmacy can be found in the Pharmacy in China article."

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmacy#History_of_pharmacy

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