Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on April 20 and 21, 2024 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in The Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss the future of pharmacy and healthcare in Canada with clinical pharmacist Andy Donald, details into the diagnosis and treatment of shingles with Dr. Jia Hu M.D., the art of  shifting with author Trish Yan and the medical research trend of real world evidence with Dr. Ashkay Jain M.D.

We specifically discuss:

The Future of Pharmacy and Healthcare in Canada

  • How is technology impacting our healthcare?
  • Shared health records: overcoming siloing
  • E-health records
  • Doctor’s adoption of e-health records
  • Education of the role of clinical pharmacies
  • Funding and incentives
  • The practicalities of sharing e-health records
  • The mechanics of changing prescriptions
  • What is necessary for broader based use of e-health records by clinical pharmacies?


The Diagnosis and Treatment of Shingles

  • What is Shingles?
  • Is shingles contagious?
  • Post herpetic neuralgia
  • Ramsay Hunt syndrome
  • How does Shingles manifest?
  • The diagnosis of Shingles
  • How can you prevent Shingles?
  • How accessible is the Shingles vaccine?
  • Do you need a prescription for the Shingles vaccine?
  • 19 to Zero


The Art of Shifting

  • What is “pivotry”?
  • A personal story
  • Intention and purpose and the art of shifting
  • Understanding your “why”?
  • Changing patterns
  • What are the first steps to making change


The Research Trend of Real World Evidence

  • What is a “real world evidence” trial?
  • Double blind randomized controlled trial
  • Cherry picking in controlled trials
  • The benefits of real world evidence studies
  • What information can you get from a real world evidence trial?
  • A real world evidence trial of Rybelsus


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To learn more about Andy Donald go here

To learn more about Dr. Jia Hu M.D. go here

To learn more about Trish Yan go here

To learn more about Dr. Ashkay Jain M.D. go here