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The following is a review of developments affecting health care in Canada

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Healthcare in Canada - January 1999

Bayer Inc.'s Healthcare division officially launched its new Health Solutions web site located at http://www.bayerhealth.com. This internet site offers visitors the opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive discussion forums intended to facilitate dialogue on the future delivery of health care in Canada. Current topics focus on: health reform and the role of family physicians in making Canada's health care system more efficient and effective; and, how employee health promotion programs can improve performance and the bottom line. The topics will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Next, Bayer Inc. will be hosting a forum on doctor-patient communication that discusses how both parties can improve this skill, and their relationship in the process, which will ultimately benefit the patient's treatment. In addition, the Health Solutions web site offers helpful information on cardiovascular disease management, diabetes care, infectious diseases, and biologics.

Canadian Health Minister Allan Rock recently announced $600,000 funding for two joint health surveillance initiatives: ACES (Acute Coronary Syndrome Extended Surveillance) and the Canadian Cardiovascular Database. These projects are the first steps in creating a national database of cardiovascular health information that can be used to improve the quality of health care for Canadians and contribute to the effective use of Canada's health resources. The Canadian Cardiovascular Database will track information about individual patients who have heart by-pass surgery or an angioplasty. This will be achieved by linking waiting lists and cardiac care resources nationally through the Internet, making the best use of existing cardiac care facilities and identifying gaps in the system. ACES will combine patient information for clinical and research purposes into one national database. Instead of writing patient information on charts, doctors and nurses will enter bedside data on a pen-based computer, making data collection faster, easier, more accurate and ready to share among health professionals, including researchers. ACES will initially focus on the immediate and long-term treatment of heart attacks.

Genzyme Corp. has entered into a research collaboration with a research group at The Toronto Hospital to develop and commercialize cell-based therapies to treat cardiovascular disease. The research group is lead by Richard Weisel, M.D., a cardiac surgeon at The Toronto Hospital. The partners will focus initially on developing a treatment in which a patient's own cardiac muscle cells (cardiomyocytes) are used to replace damaged heart tissue. This treatment will involve the transplantation of cultured autologous cardiomyocytes into the scar tissue that replaces heart muscle following a heart attack.

Diagnostic Chemicals Limited (DCL) has received a Canadian medical device license to market ZstatFlu, a POC flu test produced by ZymeTx, Inc., in Canada. DCL has assisted in the contract manufacturing of ZstatFlu. DCL will market ZstatFlu during the North American flu season to long-term care facilities, hospitals and physicians' offices.

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