OAS Payments 2016

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Ontario mulls disclosing pharma payments

24 July 2017 19:49:18 Brampton-News (from http://rss.metroland.com)

Ontario mulls requiring disclosure of pharmaceutical payments made to doctors

Vice null Time24 July 2017 19:49:18


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Drug companies should be required to reveal payments to doctors: author

29 June 2017 00:03:41 Ottawa Citizen - News

The Canadian medical profession is too close to pharmaceutical companies for comfort, warns a Toronto physician and expert in pharmaceutical policy. Dr. Joel Lexchin, author of Doctors in Denial, says Canadians deserve better accountability about how much money pharmaceutical companies are spending to try to influence doctors and the health industry. Lexchin’s book – which raises concerns about ties between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry — is out just as Canadians are getting a first look at some of the money doctors received from drug companies last year. Ten companies released information earlier this month about how much money they gave to physicians. The voluntary move by the companies comes at a time when there is growing pressure for Canada to make it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies to report any money given to a doctor — something other countries, including the U.S., do. The 10 drug companies in question — out of about 45 in total — gave more than $48 million to doctors in 2016. But the information was incomplete in some cases. Some companies only released numbers for part of the year, and none disclosed how much individual doctors received. Lexchin, who is a professor emeritus at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, called the information inadequate. There were no details about how the money was spent or how much individual doctors received, he said. Each company simply released a lump sum. There are no criteria for what drug companies must disclose. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, meanwhile, agreed it would be useful for people to see how much doctors were receiving from drug companies, but said it is a provincial issue. In Ontario, Health Minister Eric Hoskins has said he is considering forcing drug companies to reveal payments to individual doctors and hospitals. Lexchin, who has long advocated for change in pharmaceutical policy, said the federal government should take charge of the issue and require companies to disclose a list of doctors they have made payments to and the amount. His book details the influential connections between pharmaceutical companies and medical students and organizations, as well as individual doctors. Lexchin said one of the lessons of the opioid epidemic is how much influence drug companies can have over individual doctors and what impact that can have on prescribing. Purdue, the company that manufactures OxyContin, has been fined more than $600 million in the U.S. for misrepresenting how addictive its product is. It has never been fined in Canada. Lexchin said Canadians are “being pretty naïve” to think what has gone on in the U.S. with doctors and pharmaceutical companies doesn’t happen here. Among other things, he said, doctors often underestimate the impact their contacts with the pharmaceutical industry will have on them. “Multiple studies have shown that doctors have doubts about the ability of their colleagues to remain unaffected by gifts from drug companies, attending sponsored dinners or other interactions with company representatives, but believe that they themselves are immune from being influenced.” The forward to his book is written by Dr. Brian Goldman, who hosts White Coat, Black Art on CBC radio and is a public speaker. Goldman writes about his awakening to the influence of “Big Pharma.” Goldman was hired by Purdue to develop and teach a curriculum on safe and responsible prescribing of opioid drugs to patients with chronic pain. But then he began to see first hand doctors prescribing large doses of opioids without screening patients or monitoring them for addiction. He stopped giving lectures for Purdue or any other drug company, saying, “we thought we were providing a balanced educational message. It is obvious that the benefits of opioid therapy were exaggerated, and the risks underplayed.” epayne@postmedia.com

Vice null Time29 June 2017 00:03:41


Canada Revenue penalizes Ottawa Community Housing for late deductions payment

24 March 2017 16:14:36 Ottawa Citizen - News

Ottawa Community Housing has been penalized $23,844 because it missed a deadline for sending paycheque deductions to the Canada Revenue Agency. The revelation is in a report to the OCH board of directors, who could be personally liable if the revenue agency doesn’t receive the pay deductions, which include income tax, Canadian Pension Plan payments and employment insurance. OCH should have sent $341,637 to the revenue agency before Jan. 11 to cover off the payroll deductions for the last two weeks of 2016, but OCH sent the money on Jan. 17. It’s the first time the remittances to the revenue agency have been filed late, according to OCH, which chalks it up to “an oversight in what is very much an automated process.” Now, OCH is requiring payroll staff to confirm with management when they make the payments to the revenue agency. OCH is trying to get out of paying the fine. The organization sent an application on Feb. 21 asking the revenue agency to waive the fee. jwilling@postmedia.com twitter.com/JonathanWilling

Vice null Time24 March 2017 16:14:36


Military spouses targeted in OAS changes

03 February 2017 20:03:57 Simcoe County-News (from http://rss.metroland.com)

Feds look to eliminate old age security enrolment issues for military spouses

Vice null Time03 February 2017 20:03:57


Marco Muzzo argues for reduced payment in lawsuit

10 January 2017 20:02:46 Brampton-News (from http://rss.metroland.com)

Drunk driver Marco Muzzo says lawsuit from Neville-Lake family should be reduced

Vice null Time10 January 2017 20:02:46


Helping the kids with a down payment?

26 May 2016 15:03:21 Brampton-News (from http://rss.metroland.com)

Helping the kids with a home down payment? Know how it will affect you

Vice Alle News Time26 May 2016 15:03:21


Senator calls for 'prompt payment' law

22 May 2016 17:24:07 Simcoe County-News (from http://rss.metroland.com)

Conservative senator looks for Liberal help in passing 'prompt payment' law

Vice Alle News Time22 May 2016 17:24:07


Google payment service Android Pay expands to UK

18 May 2016 19:44:35 Halton-News (from http://rss.metroland.com)

Google payment service Android Pay expands to UK

Vice null Time18 May 2016 19:44:35


Drug-benefit deductible, co-payments increasing for seniors not classified as low-income

23 March 2016 12:19:25 Halton-News (from http://rss.metroland.com)

PETERBOROUGH — Depending on where they sit on the income spectrum, some Peterborough seniors may see an increase in the cost of prescriptions starting this summer. Starting Aug. 1, single seniors with annual incomes of more than $19,300 and senior

Vice Alle News Time23 March 2016 12:19:25


Trudeau says budget will commit to returning eligibility for OAS to 65

17 March 2016 15:23:12 Vancouver Sun - News

NEW YORK, United States of America - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says next week's federal budget will restore the age of eligibility for old age security to 65.

Vice Alle News Time17 March 2016 15:23:12