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RxFiles - About Us 
Last Modified: July 2023
RxFiles is an academic detailing program providing objective, comparative drug information to clinicians. The program began in 1997 as a service for Saskatoon family physicians.
In 2000, the program was expanded to provide service to physicians throughout Saskatchewan. Efforts to keep our drug selection tools up to date resulted in the publication of the RxFiles Drug Comparison Charts book, beginning in 2001. The book has become a practical tool for evidence based and clinically relevant drug use information throughout Canada. 

Funding for RxFiles Academic Detailing comes from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and from the sale of our materials. We do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry.
RxFiles continues to serve health providers and educators through newsletter reviews, Q&As, Trial Summaries, clinical tools, journal articles, and up-to-date drug comparison charts. The clinical relevance of these materials comes from their initial focus as academic detailing tools for the front line practitioner wanting to provide the best possible drug therapy for their patients.

In 2018, we moved to the University of Saskatchewan, and are based out of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is academic detailing?
Academic detailing is the process of providing balanced, non-commercial, evidence-based information & education for individual health practitioners in their office. It is adopted from the pharmaceutical industry's practice of 'detailing' physicians about new drugs; with academic detailing the sales agenda is removed. The concept was pioneered by Stephen Somerai and Jerry Avorn in the USA. One-on-one interactive discussions with physicians at their practice site has been shown to be one of the most successful methods to support and improve therapeutic decision making.

2. I'm a health professional in Saskatchewan. How do I access RxFiles online?
You can sign up for access at shirp.usask.ca. A video describing how to do this can be found here and written instructions on how to access the app are here.

3. What does shipping cost when ordering from the RxFiles store?
Note: purchasing an online subscription does not influence shipping (i.e. does not help qualify for free shipping, does not add to courier charges, etc.).
Shipping to Canada: regular mail free if purchasing at least $125 of materials; otherwise $15. Courier ground $30 (for orders less than $250) or $50 (for orders of $250 or more). Courier air $35 (for orders less than $250) or $55 (for orders of $250 or more).
Shipping to USA: regular mail $20 (for orders less than $125) or $25 (for orders $125 or more). Courier ground $30 (for orders less than $250) or $50 (for orders of $250 or more). Courier air $65 (for orders less than $250) or $75 (for orders of $250 or more).
Shipping outside of North America: Courier air $65 (for orders less than $250) or $75 (for orders of $250 or more).

4. How do I access the RxFiles App?
Access to our app requires a personal or corporate subscription to rxfiles.ca. Click for instructions on how to activate the app via URL or via IP; a video description is here.

5. How should RxFiles be cited?
Our preferred format is: Dumont Z, Crawley A, Jensen B, Regier L. Gout: Overview & Pharmacotherapy. May 2023. Available from www.rxfiles.ca.
If citing our entire book: RxFiles Academic Detailing (2023). 14th Edition Drug Comparison Charts. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.


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