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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
SSRI antidepressants: their place in women's lives  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/ssri.html
Explores SSRI use in women and its effects. Also looks at alternatives to SSRIs. (See Details)
Published: 2005
The HPV Vaccine: Information for Parents (and others considering it)  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/pdf/HPV%20Vaccination%20-%20Information%20for%20Parents%20and%20Others.pdf

Plain language guide explaining the HPV Vaccine

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Published: January 2009
Breast implants public forum: concerns about Health Canada's process  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/concerns.html

Ann Rochon Ford, coordinator of Women and Health Protection composed a letter of concerns around the process of Health Canada's regulation hearings for breast implant use in Canada.  The link includes the reply from Health Canada and further concerns raised by Rochon Ford.

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Published: 2005
Complaint letter to Minister Tony Clement regarding DTCA of celebrex  
http://www.whp-apsf.ca/en/documents/celebrex_letter.html

This letter raises concerns about the risks to public health of an advertisement for a prescription drug, Celebrex (celecoxib), that aired on Canadian television. The letter asks Minister Tony Clement to take immediate regulatory action to stop this advertising campaign and to impose sanctions on the sponsor, Pfizer, to prevent future violations.

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Published: March 14, 2006