Sep 3, 2012 | 8:56White Coat Black Art The Drug Shortage: Dr. Brian Warriner Audio
White Coat Black Art The Drug Shortage: Dr. Brian Warriner Sep 3, 2012 | 8:56Last March St. Paul's and Vancouver General Hospital made the decision to cancel some elective surgery due to the drug shortage. It turned out to be a false alarm. But as Dr. Brian Warriner -- head of the Department of Anesthesiology - told us, it was also a warning of what the future might hold.
Sep 3, 2012 | 8:58White Coat Black Art The Drug Shortage: Alena Rossnagel's story Audio
White Coat Black Art The Drug Shortage: Alena Rossnagel's story Sep 3, 2012 | 8:58Alena Rossnagel, a clinical nutritionist in Manitoba regularly took trimethoprim, for urinary tract infections caused by a kidney stone. One day last spring her pharmacist told her trimethoprim wasn't available. She was given another drug instead -- one that left her with permanent health damage. We reached her at her home in Portage La Prairie.
Sep 3, 2012 | 6:24White Coat Black Art The Drug Shortage: Pharmacist Mario Bedard Audio
White Coat Black Art The Drug Shortage: Pharmacist Mario Bedard Sep 3, 2012 | 6:24Often, protecting patients from those risks is the job of the hospital pharmacist. That's no easy task. Right now, The Ottawa Hospital lists more than one hundred drugs in short supply. Brian asked Mario Bedard -- head of the hospital's pharmacy -- what he does when he's told a drug is in short supply.
Sep 3, 2012 | 27:30White Coat Black Art The Drug Shortage (Sept. 2012 Encore) Audio
White Coat Black Art The Drug Shortage (Sept. 2012 Encore) Sep 3, 2012 | 27:30This week an encore of our season opener on the drug shortage. There's a critical shortage of essential prescription drugs in Canada. Hear from an anesthesiologist in Halifax and others who say the system is broken and the lives of patients are in danger.
Dec 30, 2011 | 26:50White Coat Black Art "Hot Spotting" with Dr. Jeffrey Brenner (Extended interview) Audio
White Coat Black Art "Hot Spotting" with Dr. Jeffrey Brenner (Extended interview) Dec 30, 2011 | 26:50This week we told you about "hot spotting": using data to find out who is using the health care system the most, and then targeting care to those spots to help people get healthy, and bring costs to the system down. We looked at a Canadian hot spot in Saskatoon, but we also talked to the U.S. doctor who coined the phrase and who first mined the data. Dr. Jeffrey Brenner spoke to Brian about how he found the hotspots and the kind of disruptive change it takes to cool them down. Click here for our full interview with Dr. Jeffrey Brenner.