Category: Announcements

BC Pharmacare to cover SGLT-2 inhibitors and to delist the Lantus brand of insulin glargine U100

Announcements, Living With Diabetes

Yesterday BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced Pharmacare coverage of the SGLT-2 inhibitor class represented by empagliflozin (Jardiance). Although BCDiabetes would have preferred that all three SGLT2 inhibitors on the Canadian market be covered, the long overdue announcement was most welcome news. Our readers will be aware of the long-running BCDiabetes advocacy campaign for […]

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BC Diabetes Fundraising Event

Announcements, Events, News & Media

I began specialist diabetes practice in 1992 – with it began my lifetime mission to optimize care and improve outcomes for every British Columbian living with diabetes.  As my staff grew I realized that everything depended on teamwork – thus in 2005 was born BCDiabetes.   BCDiabetes, with its dedicated staff of 14, is now […]

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John Daly from CKNW and Dr. Tom Elliott discuss recent advances in diabetes care

Announcements

BCDiabetes Medical Director, Dr. Tom Elliott, will be on CKNW radio! Dr. Tom Elliott will speak on John Daly’s radio show Back on the Beat this Saturday, 11:00 am about the benefits of CGM/Sensors, insulin pumps, and GLP-1 agonists. Dr. Tom Elliott will also speak about the new “Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy”. BCDiabetes is […]

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Health Canada approves insulin pump with partial artificial pancreas capability

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media

2018-Oct-10 saw Health Canada approve the Medtronic 670G insulin pump, the first of its kind in Canada to support closed-loop functionality for basal insulin.  This innovation, the first step towards an artificial pancreas, is welcome news for every individual with diabetes who is an intensive insulin user (either a pumper or taking multiple daily shots). […]

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Lead toxicity – a new risk factor for heart attack and stroke?

Announcements, Research

Lead is a naturally occurring element present in soil and rock – as such lead enters the water supply by a process of leaching. Lead is easily mined and smelted & because it is soft and easily shaped lead was widely used by the ancients to make implements for eating and for drinking and for […]

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Insulin pumps for all intensive insulin users

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Technology

Kudos to the BC NDP government for extending insulin pump coverage to every British Columbian living with diabetes requiring intensive insulin therapy (effectively all those with Type 1 diabetes and those with Type 2 diabetes taking two different kinds of insulin).  On Tuesday the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix (who has Type 1 diabetes himself […]

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TACT2 Chelation Therapy happening at BCDiabetes

Announcements, Events, News & Media

BCDiabetes Medical Director, Dr. Tom Elliott, will be on CKNW radio! Dr. Tom Elliott will speak on John Daly’s radio show Back on the Beat on Saturday, June 9, 11am about the new “Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy”. BCDiabetes is one of the few sites in Canada that will be conducting the trial and we […]

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Protecting patients in research: BCDiabetes receives prestigious accreditation for its research program

Announcements, Research

  In December, our research team at BCDiabetes received the welcome news that our Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), established in 2017, has been accredited by the Association of Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). Receiving accreditation of our HRPP is a milestone for our research team, strengthening the connection of our research work […]

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Patient advocacy works! CRA reverses policy on Disability Tax Credit for Type 1 diabetes

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media

On Oct 12 BCDiabetes blogged on the CRA Disability Tax Credit as it applied to Type 1 diabetes and how the CRA had moved the goalposts: see Type 1 Diabetes sucks but dont ask the CRA for sympathy. Good news – the CRA has reversed its policy: so it is back to the old rules […]

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Mission not impossible – weight loss reverses Type 2 diabetes

Announcements, News & Media, Research

A Scottish study published today in the prestigious medical journal the Lancet showed that weight loss averaging 10 kg achieved with a total diet replacement using a 853 kcal/day packaged powder formula for 3–5 months resulted in “remission” of Type 2 diabetes in almost 50% of participants at 12 months.  Patients considered in remission had […]

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