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participate in businesses and volunteer services. “We realize this is something that a minority of residents may not wish to do, and we recognize the potential costs for those who would be eligible for the vaccination program,” Max Bittner, president of Ontario Medical Association, the Ontario physician group, said in a statement. “However, the nature of this disease has resulted in the loss of life in recent years and we all know that against the backdrop of this tragic situation, pragmatic approaches such as this one are worth the price.”
The vaccine can be administered in regular walk-in clinic settings, but plans are underway to create a vaccine passport and a toll-free hotline for long-term care residents, the CMA wrote in a statement.
The province has already drafted regulations for municipal participation in the initiative, with more than 200 municipalities poised to provide immunization services for residents, according to Health Ministry officials.
—Eager to put an end to extra radiation exposure, medical scientists and surgeons have long urged the federal government to regulate a radioactive compound commonly found in dental fillings. The Canadian Medical Association Foundation is again calling on Canada’s health regulator to regulate lead-based fillings after a Belgian study published in the Archives of Oral Medicine revealed that about one in three children and adolescents with a dental implant were still exposed to elevated amounts of radioactivity. “All children should get regular cleanings in order to ensure they are safe for later periodontal remodeling,” Steven Morsch, interim CEO of the Canadian Medical Association Foundation, said in a statement. “This requirement should start when children are in a period of high-dose exposure to lead, and continue through adulthood.”
—Small-town pharmacy chains are increasingly taking on a national retail approach by becoming operators of private generic drugstores. Raleigh, NC-based North Carolina-based Getty Images and Israel-based giant CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) recently announced plans to merge, with plans to open 200 pharmacy stores in states across the country.
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