Search Resources (English): Drug safety

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Drugs.com  
http://www.drugs.com/

This site claims to “provide free, peer-reviewed, accurate and independent advice on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products.” It is funded by the Drugsite Trust which is “a privately held Trust administered by two New Zealand Pharmacists.” You will see ad banners. One useful function on this site is a “pill identification” ability.

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Worst pills, best pills  
http://www.worstpills.org/index.cfm

A site that is operated by Public Citizen out of Washington DC. Provides a limited amount of information on each drug without having to subscribe to the service. Also produces a book which is updated periodically. Free fact sheets available on the site with such topics as “Ten Rules for Safer Drug Use.”

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Myth: if a drug makes it to market, it's safe for everyone  
http://www.chsrf.ca/PublicationsAndResources/Mythbusters/ArticleView/10-10-01/f1ca3fcf-f9aa-4dcb-a64c-a95f2bbadd8d.aspx

One of the series of Mythbusters information sheets that examines drug safety issues. Discusses the safety of pharmaceutical drugs after they have been approved and how drug approval does not necessarily mean a drug is fully tested or that it's effects are fully understood. Points to the need for consumers to thoroughly understand the potential benefits and harms of any drug so that they make make informed decisions about drugs they may take. Approves of the establishment of the federally-funded Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network, which will fund research on the safety and effectiveness of drugs in the “real world”.

Mythbusters is a series of two-page articles that summarize the best available evidence to challenge widely held beliefs about issues in Canadian healthcare.

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Published: 2010
Consumer side effect reporting form  
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/_2010/2010_106bk-eng.php

A form for consumers to report side effects to drugs and other health products to the Canada Vigilance Program. Consumers/patients can report adverse reactions (also known as side effects) to health products, including prescription and non-prescription medications, biologics, natural health products and radiopharmaceuticals using this form.

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Published: 2010
Death by prescription - a father takes on his daughter's killer: The Multi-Billion Dollar Pharmaceutical Companies  
http://www.amazon.com/Death-Prescription-Daughters-Multi-Billion-Pharmaceutical/dp/1552638251

In 2000, 15-year-old Vanessa Young’s doctor prescribed Prepulsid for her stomach ailment. The drug was presented as safe by both Vanessa’s doctor and the manufacturer. Shortly after taking it, she died. Shattered by grief and anger, Terence Young began a long fight to find out why. This fight became a larger one, as Young determined to battle the industry to make sure this kind of tragedy never happened again. The truth, as he would discover, is that every year thousands of people die as a result of complications from prescription drugs. And most of the companies that manufacture these drugs simply don’t care. Death by Prescription is the story of a father's fight to find justice for his dead daughter, and a wake-up call to the millions of innocent people who are potential victims of pharmaceutical companies that put profits ahead of patients.

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Published: 2009