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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
Saskatoon delegates prescribe remedies for drug costs  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39840
Debates the issue of a national pharmacare plan covering all Canadians. (See Details)
Published: 1998
Buying drugs over the Internet  
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iyh-vsv/med/internet_e.html
Discusses the risks of buying drugs over the Internet, the legal status of internet drug companies in Canada, and ways to minimize risks. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Women, health and medicine
Provides a concise and accessible introduction to the key arguments, problems, and research findings on the relationship of women to health and health care, for those who are studying to become, or are already, health professionals, for students in social sciences, and for the participants of courses in women's studies.
Published: 1991
Drugs in pregnancy  
http://www.motherisk.org/drugs/index.php3
Lists Motherisk's published studies on a wide variety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and their potential uses and/or risks during pregnancy. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Post-approval surveillace of drug products available to treat infertility
Outlines the work accomplished by the Bureau of Drug Surveillance in response to the concerns of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies regarding the health effects of drugs to treat infertility.
Published: 1996