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Medical Pharmacies Group provides funds for aging research

Published: May 6, 2015
James MacKillop
Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, director, GERAS Centre, and professor, Department of Medicine

Medical Pharmacies Group Limited (MPGL), Canada's largest provider of pharmacy services to long-term care facilities and retirement homes, has provided a three year investment of $150,000 to support collaborative research initiatives at McMaster University's Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre at St. Peter's Hospital of Hamilton Health Sciences.

Medical Pharmacies is working in partnership with the GERAS Centre on a number of research initiatives including an upcoming initiative addressing the use of antipsychotic medication in long-term care

The projects are led by Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, director of the GERAS Centre, a professor of medicine of McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and a geriatrician of Hamilton Health Sciences. Medical Pharmacies and the GERAS Centre, will be launching a comprehensive, evidence-based, inter-professional initiative to address this challenging area.

Medical Pharmacies and the Centre share a history of productive collaborative research.  The partnership has resulted in leadership in knowledge translation models for multidisciplinary professionals in long-term care and retirement communities, and has developed algorithms for renal and warfarin prescribing.  

"We look forward to continuing our commitment to enhance the quality of life for seniors in Canada," says Ed Jamieson, President and CEO, Medical Pharmacies Group. "Our investment in the research partnership with Dr Papaioannou of the GERAS Centre supports our mandate of investing in development of educational health promotion strategies for seniors."

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