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Seniors Safe Medication Use Program

This Program began in Ontario in the fall of 2002-3. The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat  partnered with the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association to deliver more than 100 safe medication use seminars for seniors across Ontario in 2002/2003 and and has continued the program.

The Ontario Pharmacists' Association (OPA) currently runs Seniors' Safe Medication Use seminars with the support of the Government of Ontario, Sanofi-Aventis, and Pfizer Canada. 

The seminars are available in communities across Ontario and are delivered by a community pharmacist. Each seminar covers a variety of important topics for seniors relating to medication use including dangerous drug/food interactions, non-compliance with drug therapy, storage of medications, over the counter medicines, and much more.

In 2004, a complimentary program, Seniors’ Safe Medication Use Program for Heart Health was added with funding from Pfizer Canada. The Seniors’ Safe Medication Use Program for Heart Health provides information on risk factors for heart disease and the safe use of medications for high blood pressure, cholesterol and angina.

If you are with a seniors' group or organization and wish inquire about hosting a seminar, please contact Sherrie Hertz, Director of Programs at the Ontario Pharmacists' Association. Phone (416) 441-0788, ext. 4232 or via E-mail:


Topics covered in the 45 minute session (with another 45 minutes for Questions and Answers) include:

  • The Myths of Aging
  • Why Am I at risk?
    • A look at the statistics
  • Examples of Medication Misuse
  • What Are Drugs?
    • Prescription medicines
    • Over-the-counter medicines
    • Social drugs
    • Traditional and herbal therapies
  • Drug Names
    • Brand and generic names
  • How Can my Pharmacist Help?
  • Storage of Medications
  • Expired Medications
  • The Dos & Don'ts of Safe Medication Use
    • Ask Your Pharmacist
  • Tips for Snowbirds
  • Side Effects of Medication
  • Over-the-Counter Medicines
  • Herbals: The Myths & the Realities
  • Compliance Aids
    • Weekly pill boxes, etc.
  • Safe Medication Card
  • Colds & Infection
  • Influenza: "the flu"
    • Influenza vaccine
  • Shingles
  • Constipation
  • Additional Pharmacy Services
  • Medication Reviews
    • Question & Answer Period


Medication Information Line for the Elderly (MILE)

Live in Manitoba? Have any questions or concerns about the medication you, or someone close to you is taking? If so, this free resource can help answer people's questions. Using experienced licensed pharmacists, the information line is a supplement for information offered by  the person's pharmacist and physician.

Inquiries about drugs and proper drug use practices can be made over the phone to a pharmacist consultant, Monday to Thursday,  9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   NOTE THE NEW TIMES

Phone: 204-474-6493   

Toll free for rural Manitoba: 1-800-432-1960 (extension 6493) 

Sponsored by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba.

The program also has a couple of new additions: 

1. A strong outreach component to MILE (offering a range of presentations to the community).
2. They offer "in office" consultations (available to the general public). See address below.

Medication Information Line for the Elderly. Room 111, University Center Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2

Alternate ways of contacting:  Fax: 204-474-7572  Email:




                 BC Nurseline

A pharmacist is available on the BC NurseLine for medication related calls, from 5 pm to 9 am.

What is BC Nurseline?

"British Columbians have 24-hour, toll-free access to registered nurses specially trained to provide confidential health information and advice on the telephone. A telephone service is available for B.C. residents who are deaf or hard of hearing, and language translation services are available on request in 130 languages

The nurses will help you understand and manage your health problems, provide information on medically-sound treatment options, and advise when to see a health professional. They will answer your questions confidently about various health topics, tests and procedures, and help you to learn what other resources might exist in your community. "


Call BC NurseLine

Toll-free in BC   1-866-215-4700
In Greater Vancouver   604-215-4700
Deaf and hearing-impaired   1-866-889-4700


Medication Info University of B.C.  (MIUBC)

As of March 31, 2004, the telephone consultation service of Medication Info Line BC is no longer available. The program will continue to provide medication information through public presentations relating to a variety of senior, herbal and women’s health issues. See:

Phone: (604) 822-8010 Fax: (604) 822-3035

This program was formerly known as MILE and even earlier as SMILE- Seniors Medication Information Line and Education.



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