Incident of brain-dead Vancouver man revives issues around controversial Jahi McMath case

Jahi McMath's lawyer,  Christopher Dolan, with a brain scan he said proved the teenager was still alive.

A recent case discussed at a Canadian medical conference is reviving moral, cultural and legal issues around the issue of death. The National Post’s Tom Blackwell, noting that details of the case are “sketchy”, recounted the known facts: a British Columbia hospital kept a brain-dead patient alive for ten days in ICU as his family […]

Patient Home Monitoring’s acquisition of Sleep Management gets thumbs up at Mackie


Mackie Research Capital analyst Russell Stanley says Patient Home Monitoring’s (TSXV:PHM) pickup of Sleep Management is a positive development. On June 10, PHM announced the acquisition of Louisiana-based Sleep Management, a company that provides ventilators to heart patients in 19 states. Management said it would pay $36-million in cash and 42.75 million shares for the […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine continues cultural clash with the West in Vancouver

A Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Last week, customs officials seized 213 bear paws that were hidden hidden inside the tires of a van. The culprits were two Russian men looking to cash in on their medicinal value in China. Their horrific display of wares had an estimated street value of about 570,000 Canadian dollars. While particularly disquieting, the scene is […]

What Does the Future Hold for Tekmira’s Ebola Program?


On Friday, in a somewhat ambiguous news release, Tekmira updated investors on the Phase II ebola study being run in Sierra Leone with its RNA interference (RNAi) drug TKM-Ebola-Guinea. The company stated that the study had “reached its predefined statistical endpoint” and that based on that endpoint “continuing enrolment was not likely to demonstrate an […]

Tribute Pharmaceuticals rises on acquisition of Medical Futures Inc.

With the acquisition of Medical Futures, Tribute Pharmaceuticals picks up Proferrin, naturally sourced form of iron that is protected by a patent in Canada through September, 2026.

Shares of Tribute Pharmaceuticals (TSXV:TRX) are rising today after the company announced it would acquire Markham-based specialty pharmaceutical company Medical Futures Inc. for $25-million. The company says the addition of Medical Futures, which recently posted approximately $10-million in annual revenue, would be accretive. “Based on 2014 actual results, the acquisition of the MFI business boosts […]

A Regulatory Hat-Trick: Opsens OptoWire Cleared for Sale in Japan, Europe, and now U.S


This morning, Quebec City-based Opsens (TSXV:OPS) announced it had received FDA 510(k) clearance to market its fractional flow reserve (FFR) technology, OptoWire, in the United States. The 510(k) clearance comes on the heals of earlier regulatory clearances for OptoWire in Europe and Japan. FFR is used by interventional cardiologists to assess the degree of occlusion […]

Legalization of edibles could increase the value of licensed marijuana producers, says M Partners

The Supreme Court of Canada yesterday voted 7-0 that Canadians have the right to consume medical marijuana can be legally consumed in a range of ways.

The landmark Supreme Court ruling that says Canadians have the right to consume medical-marijuana in ways other than smoking could soon increase the value of currently licensed producers, says M Partners analyst Daniel Pearlstein. In 2009, Owen Smith, the head baker for Victoria-based Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, was arrested when police found items such […]

Telehealth player Patient Home Monitoring rises on acquisition of Sleep Management


Shares of Patient Home Monitoring (TSXV:PHM) are up today after the company announced the acquisition of Louisiana-based Sleep Management, a company that provides ventilators to heart patients in 19 states. Patient Home Monitoring says it will pay $36-million in cash and 42.75 million shares, which at current prices would bring the total consideration to just […]