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Over the Counter vs. Prescription Meds: A Look for Those in Pharmaceutical Training

All kinds of medications are used to help relieve pain, prevent illnesses, manage diseases to avoid further complications, and much more. These medications typically fall into two categories: prescription (Rx) drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.  There are many important differences between these two broad categories, which are important to regulatory affairs. Continue reading to explore the differences between both categories while gaining a brief look into some of Canada’s regulatory measures regarding Rx and OTC drugs.    A Basic Overview of Over-the-Counter Drugs  As you get ready to take online pharmaceutical courses, what are some important things to know about OTC.. READ MORE »

January 26, 2021

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Why Hyperspectral Imaging May Revolutionize Food Quality Assurance Measures

Food technology is a big part of food safety and quality, particularly as new advancements in the field bring about better standards and practices. Hyperspectral imaging is an emerging technology with the ability to impact different aspects of the food industry, resulting in data-driven quality assurance and quality control measures as well as improved farm management practices.    Your training in food technology, safety, and quality will provide you with unique insight into the fundamental principles of quality assurance. Here’s a look at the benefits of hyperspectral imaging, which you might encounter during your career.  Hyperspectral Imaging Explained for Students in.. READ MORE »

January 21, 2021

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Taking Nutrition and Health Training? Be Aware of the Issue of Kid Influencers Promoting Junk Food

If you’ve been on YouTube recently, you might have noticed that “kidfluencers” are extremely popular, with their videos garnering millions of views. These videos produced by teens and children often include various messages that promote junk food and unhealthy eating. As a nutrition and health student, you’re likely passionate about promoting the development of good health habits and eating well. With this in mind, here’s a quick overview of the situation for students taking nutrition and health courses.  How Kid Influencers on YouTube Are Promoting Junk Food to Young Viewers Kid-targeted advertising has always been controversial, particularly considering that children.. READ MORE »

January 19, 2021

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NSAIDs Explained for Those Attending Pharmaceutical Courses

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are one of the most common medications used by many to treat mild to moderate pain. As some of them are considered over-the-counter drugs, they’ve become increasingly relied upon by the average consumer for quick pain relief. As such, understanding how NSAIDs work and what sets them apart from other medications can be extremely valuable for students interested in pharmacology. During your pharmaceutical or regulatory affairs program, you’ll be introduced to key regulatory systems, legislations, and practices that directly affect the development and quality of pharmaceutical products. Here’s a closer look at NSAIDs for those studying.. READ MORE »

January 14, 2021

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Drug Development Life Cycle Explained to Those Seeking Clinical Research Careers

For any drug to be deemed safe for public consumption, it must first go through a life cycle of development. In Canada, this process is heavily regulated by the federal government, and must adhere to the guidelines of the Canadian Drug Review and Approval Process. Before any drug can be submitted to Health Canada for approval, it must undergo a series of phases, from preliminary research all the way to clinical trials. But what exactly do these processes for verifying a drug’s safety and efficacy involve? And why is each step necessary? Here’s what those seeking clinical research careers should.. READ MORE »

January 12, 2021

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Why Scaling Up Presents a Challenge to Cannabis Quality Assurance Professionals

As a cannabis quality assurance professional, you’ll want to ensure that the production of cannabis can be scaled up sufficiently while also meeting high standards. However, accomplishing this is a challenge in and of itself. Although recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada, scaling up faces both the typical challenges associated with growing any business, along with some unique hurdles. Between meeting regulations set out by Health Canada, as well as approaches for eliminating pests and ensuring there’s enough product to meet demand, scaling up cannabis growth operations doesn’t come without its share of obstacles. However, those hoping to accomplish this.. READ MORE »

January 7, 2021

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Importance of Data Privacy and Security in Trials: An Overview for Students of Clinical Research Training

Clinical trials are essential for the development of new treatments. With this in mind, it becomes even more important to make sure sensitive data is protected in the process. This is especially true when these trials rely increasingly on digital file storage. Volunteers in these trials trust researchers’ ability to keep their data safe and secure, as well as protect their privacy. This can help prevent avoidable issues from occurring at any phase in the process, and reassure participants that their sensitive information is safe, secure, and confidential. By understanding the importance of protecting sensitive data from the view of.. READ MORE »

January 5, 2021

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Automatic Food Sampling: 4 Facts for Students in Quality Assurance Training

In the food industry, sampling is a key component of establishing food and beverage quality and safety. It entails taking samples of a given product in order to identify any contaminants that may exist in the entire chain of the food production line. Sampling also helps to ensure the overall quality of a product before it’s packaged and distributed to the marketplace.  Manual sampling, involving random samples of a product taken by bin scoop and other by-hand methods, is still an accepted and widely used approach to the practice in the industry. Yet this method is known to be inherently.. READ MORE »

December 31, 2020

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Food Safety Tips Regarding Edibles, Explained for Students in Cannabis Industry Training

Just as professionals in the general foods industry must create rigid manufacturing protocols to prevent foodborne illnesses and other types of hazards, cannabis industry professionals must also take precautions when producing edibles. Regulated by Health Canada, edibles are relatively new to the market. When working on edibles, there are several factors that professionals must take into consideration to prevent products from being contaminated with bacteria, mold, and other types of harmful pathogens. A failure to comply with protocols can lead to potential mishaps, legal consequences, and closure of the manufacturing facility.  To understand more on how to keep edibles free.. READ MORE »

December 29, 2020

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Good Pharmacovigilance Practices for Students in Clinical Research Programs to Follow

In the field of clinical research, pharmacovigilance represents the analysis and monitoring of drugs and medications to prevent adverse effects. In order to ensure drug safety and prevent adverse events, Health Canada has generated a list of strict practices and guidelines that must be followed by clinical research professionals and drug manufacturers. The health authority also has an inspection program in place to provide independent oversight and evaluation of manufacturer adherence to mandated reporting of adverse drug reactions, and of any efficacy failures found in new drugs.  To understand more on the need to employ pharmacovigilance practices, and what some.. READ MORE »

December 24, 2020

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