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Who benefits: international harmonisation of the regulation of new pharmaceutical drugs  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/who_benefits.html
Explains how the push to streamline the drug approval process in the world's three largest pharmaceutical markets is neglecting the special needs of women. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Drugs in our water: chronic exposure to chemicals in water supply may be harmful to health  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39540
Explores the issue of trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs that can enter our drinking water from lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Improving access to emergency contraception  
http://www.cwhn.ca/PDF/ECbackgrounderEN.pdf
Examines how a lack of awareness about emergency contraception, the costs of obtaining it, and existing regulations unnecessarily restrict this access. (See Details)
Published: 2005
Preventing disease: are pills the answer?  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/pills_prevent.html
Discusses the different roles of public health and medicine. Argues that the boundaries between the two are blurring with the popularity of chemoprevention. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Women's cycles up for sale: neo-medicalization and women's reproductive health  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39520
Examines the medicalization of women's reproductive functions, including treating normal health cycles as problems or illnesses. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Improving access to emergency contraception: must be affordable and easily available to all women  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39487
Argues for access to emergency contraception without pharmacist intervention. (See Details)
Published: 2005
Influence of direct to consumer pharmaceutical advertising and patients' requests on prescribing decisions: two site cross secti  
http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/324/7332/278
Examines the relation between direct to consumer advertising and patients' requests for prescriptions and the relation between patients' requests and prescribing decisions. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Brief to the Office of Legislative Renewal from Women and Health Protection  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/brief-mar31.pdf
Provides a critique of Health Canada's Health and Safety First: A Proposal to Renew Federal Health Protection Legislation. Highlights Women and Health Protection's concerns and provides suggestions. (See Details)
Published: 2004
International harmonisation of pharmaceuticals: key issues of concern for public health  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/harmon.html
Focuses on the activities and implications of the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH). Identifies specific areas of concern for public health and the public interest in the realisation of health. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Full circle: drugs, the environment and our health  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/fullCircle.html
Looks at the environmental contamination of rivers and lakes by chemical products from a public health perspective. Argues that the most health-promoting, cost-effective strategy for everyone is prevention. (See Details)
Published: 2004