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Health Canada Notice: ALERTEC (Modafinil) linked to risks of Congenital Anomalies 

Health Canada recently announced that the drug ALERTEC has been associated with cases of major fetal congenital malformations including congenital cardiac anomalies. ALERTEC produced by TEVA Canada Innovation is now contraindicated in women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. 
ALERTEC (modafinil 100 mg tablets) is used as a symptomatic treatment of excessive sleepiness in adult patients with narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work disorder. 

Health Canada is advising all health care professionals to discuss with their patients of reproductive potential that are treated with or to be treated with ALERTEC of:

the potential risks associated with the drug to a fetus during pregnancy; 
the need for a negative pregnancy test within week before starting treatment with ALERTEC;
the need to use effective contraception during therapy with ALERTEC and for two months after stopping ALERTEC;
and the possible reduced effectiveness of steroidal contraceptives when using ALERTEC. 

Health Canada and TEVA Canada Innovation updated the Canadian Product Monograph to reflect this new safety information. 

Read Health Canada’s full advisory here.
June 21, 2019
Health Canada Notice: ALERTEC (Modafinil) linked to risks of Congenital Anomalies

Labelling error may lead to patients receiving Linessa 28 birth control pills instead of Linessa 21

Health Canada is advising Canadians of a labelling error affecting one lot of Linessa 28 birth control pills on the Canadian market (lot 190056, expiry 06/2021).
The English side of Linessa 28 boxes is incorrectly labelled with the eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN) for Linessa 21 (02272903) instead of the correct Linessa 28 DIN (02257238). The labelling error could result in a Linessa 21 patient inadvertently receiving Linessa 28 instead of Linessa 21 if the product is dispensed at the pharmacy only using the incorrect DIN as a reference.

There is a small chance that patients who were prescribed Linessa 21 but received Linessa 28 in error may not know that the last 7 green "reminder" pills in the Linessa 28 pack are inactive pills that do not contain any hormones. If patients take a "break" week (no pills) after completing a 28-day pack, as is the practice with Linessa 21, this would result in two weeks without hormone treatment, which could increase the risk of pregnancy.

The DIN error affects the English side of Linessa 28 boxes only. The French side of Linessa 28 boxes has the correct DIN. The product name "Linessa 28" is clearly and accurately printed on the box, the foil pouch and the blister pack.

Read Health Canada's full advisory here.
June 12, 2019
Labelling error may lead to patients receiving Linessa 28 birth control pills instead of Linessa 21

New Funding to Address Physician Wellness

"MD Financial Management Inc. (MD), in collaboration with Scotiabank and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), is proud to announce support for an initial grouping of specialty societies to target the pressing issue of professional burnout among Canadian physicians. Investment will support the health and wellness of Canadian physicians across the country."

Physician health and wellness are critical to the long-term sustainability of the physician workforce and the health system at large, yet it is well documented that stress and burnout are escalating issues within the Canadian medical community. MD, CMA and Scotiabank are proud to work with the physician community, including specialty societies, provincial territorial medical associations, CMA affiliates and other key collaborators to address this issue and to support the medical profession.

“As the only national financial services firm exclusively dedicated to the financial well-being of Canada’s physicians and their families, we’re invested in physicians and the issues most important to them,” said Brian Peters, President and CEO of MD Financial Management. “That includes health and wellness initiatives that support a vibrant medical profession.”

The $625,000 funding, to be distributed over three years, is the latest in a series of $115 million contributions Scotiabank is making to Canada’s medical profession as part of its 10-year affinity agreement with the Canadian Medical Association. Additional announcements for the physician community are forthcoming, recognizing that such collaborations are essential to support the profession and effect meaningful change.

The funds will provide much-needed support for research, advocacy, education and training at the following seven national specialty societies:

  • Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
  • Canadian Association of General Surgeons
  • Canadian Association of Pathologists
  • Canadian Association of Radiologists
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society
  • Canadian Paediatric Society
  • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Physicians face unique circumstances that contribute to high rates of burnout, which can manifest in depersonalization and exhaustion and lead to self-doubt and loss of motivation. A recent survey of Canadian physicians found 30% were experiencing burnout. It also found that physicians’ overall mental health can be linked to their area of practice. Emergency physicians, for example, are three times more likely to report burnout than physicians in other specialties; physicians in surgical specialties are nearly twice as likely to report burnout than those in other practice areas; and radiologists experience high rates of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization.

“The health and well-being of Canadian physicians is critical to the health of this country as a whole,” said Glen Gowland, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Wealth Management at Scotiabank. “Scotiabank is proud to invest in national programs that will have a positive impact on the lives of physicians and the communities they serve.”

"Physician burnout is a chronic and urgent problem in Canada, where a significant number of medical professionals endure stress and exhaustion amidst an often overwhelmingly difficult work environment," said Dr. Rodrick Lim, Chair, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Wellness Committee. "It’s an important and sensitive issue that deserves investments like this one, so that novel, targeted wellness initiatives can be developed to support physicians and their ongoing ability to provide high-level patient care."

Read the full media release  


April 24, 2019
New Funding to Address Physician Wellness

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The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and education.

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The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world. The Journal covers a wide range of topics in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health covering all life stages including the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, and Policy Statements that derive from standing or ad hoc committees of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Journal emphasizes vigorous peer-review and accepts papers in English and French. Abstracts for all papers are available in both languages. JOGC is indexed in Medline.

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The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

Welcome and Overview

ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase an ALARM manual, please download this form and submit it by email to

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Please note that there are upcoming ALARM courses planned that are not yet listed below. They will be added as soon as logistical aspects are finalized.

If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.

If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

There are currently no scheduled Instructor courses available. 

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