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Ontario court upholds stay of legal proceedings against 3 tobacco companies

TORONTO — An Ontario court has upheld an order that suspended legal proceedings against three major tobacco companies, rejecting arguments from lawyers representing Quebec...

Ontario may let pharmacists prescribe treatments for minor issues like pink eye

TORONTO — Ontario is proposing to allow pharmacists to prescribe treatments for minor health issues. The Progressive Conservative government says in its recent budget that it intends...
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Big pharma might cut R&D, delay new drugs if pharmacare means more generics: memo

OTTAWA — Brand-name drug companies could put off introducing new medicine in Canada and scale back research here if the country makes a major shift to cheaper generic alternatives...
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Supreme Court decision could lift lid on physician billing figures in Ontario

OTTAWA — The public could soon know which Ontario doctors have billed the most to the province's health plan now that the Supreme Court has ruled on...

Pot prices up 17.3% post-legalization, large hikes in NB and Manitoba: StatCan

Statistics Canada says the average cost of a gram of dried cannabis has gone up by more than 17 per cent since legalization, with...

Free dental care for low-income seniors to be announced in budget

TORONTO — The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario will be announcing free dental care for low-income seniors in Thursday's budget. Senior government sources say...
Brain Artificial Intelligence

Transforming health care with AI: tons of potential, but not without pitfalls

TORONTO — It's already crept into so many aspects of everyday life, from powering digital assistants like Siri and Alexa to personalizing entertainment choices on streaming...
Breast Implants

Canada to suspend licences for Biocell breast implants due to rare cancer risk

OTTAWA — Health Canada says it will suspend licences for Biocell breast implants unless the company that makes them provides new evidence about their safety. The Health Department...

Cost of giving ill workers extra EI sickness benefits? $1.1 billion, PBO says

OTTAWA — The parliamentary spending watchdog says income supports for people who are too sick to work for up to a year would cost the federal...
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Legal battle continues between smokers, tobacco companies and provincial govts

TORONTO — Lawyers representing Quebec smokers and provincial governments are pushing back against an Ontario court ruling that suspended legal proceedings against three major tobacco companies. The...