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Reading Romanow : the implications of the final report of The Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada for women  
http://www.cewh-cesf.ca/PDF/health_reform/reading-romanow.pdf

Offers a chapter-by-chapter gendered analysis of the Final Report of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care, Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow 2002).

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Published: 2003
Drugs in the news: how well do Canadian newspapers report the good, the bad and the ugly of new prescription drugs?  
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/news/2003/04/pressrelease155/?pa=78e9a055

Examines whether Canadians can rely on daily newspapers to provide them with accuracte, credible information about new drugs. Demonstrates that newspaper articles more often emphasized the benefits of new drugs, paying less attention to possible harms, regardless of the length of the article and often failed to distinguish between real clinical benefits of a drug and merely changes in some measurement that is only a risk factor for disease. (See Details)

Published: 2003
Conference on national approaches to pharmacare: proceedings; January 18-20, 1998  
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/datapcb/htf-fass

Looks at how health care dollars are spent on pharmaceuticals and considers ways of ensuring that Canadians have access to the drugs they need. Covers discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of current national and international practices relating to pharmaceutical coverage and the management of benefit plans. Also addresses several key themes involved in the implementation of pharmacare such as public and private sector roles, cost and cost-control issues, drug prescribing practices and drug use, marketing issues and the impact of advertising.

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Published: 1998
Direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising: when public health is no longer a priority  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/dtca_priority.html

Discusses the problems with direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and the impacts that such illegal promotion can have on women, especially given the unnecessary medicalization women face. Provides information on Canada's Food and Drug Act that prohibits advertising of prescription drugs directed to the general public and looks at the new federal project, the Health Protection Act, which would introduce some form of direct-to-consumer advertising. (See Details)

Published: 2001
Direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/dtca.html

Outlines concerns about direct-to-consumer advertising, including lack of public regulation and targeting of already healthy populations.

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Published: 1999
Is it safe for my baby?
Provides information about the relative risk and safety of prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs, along with alcohol, tobacco and other substances to the fetus during pregnancy and the baby during breastfeeding.
Published: 2003
Report of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada: response from the Women and Health Protection (WHP) Worki  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/whp_response.html
Addresses six themes found primarily in the "Prescription Drugs" and the "Information, Evidence and Ideas" chapters of The Report of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Emergency contraception in Canada: increasing access and improving reproductive health  
http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/birth_control/ecp.html
Agrees with the proposal to change emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) from a prescription drug to a non-prescription product. Argues that it should be available without pharmacist assistance or 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
Patient and physician attitudes and behaviors association with DTC promotion of prescription drugs: summary of FDA survey resear  
http://www.fda.gov/cder/ddmac/Final%20Report/FRfinal111904.pdf
Explores patient and physician perspectives on DTC advertising as it relates to the healthcare experience. Indicates that DTC advertising has important positive and negative effects. (See Details)
Published: 2004