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Healthy Canadians - a federal report on comparable health indicators 2010

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Les Canadiens et les Canadiennes en santé – rapport fédéral sur les indicateurs comparables de la santé 2010
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Online
Publisher: 
Health Canada
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

The fifth in a series of reports providing the most current national information available on the health status of Canadians and the performance of the Canadian health care system. Includes updated data (where available) for indicators included in the 2008 report, as well as a few additional indicators, for a total of 52. Based on data produced by and with the assistance of Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

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Visit their website to read the report online or to download a copy.
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978-1-100-16390-1
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Includes bibliographical references. Website also includes an online survey to determine whether Healthy Canadians 2010 is achieving its primary goal of providing information to Canadians on health system performance and health outcomes.

What should public consultation look like?

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Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Barbara Mains
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Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
July 2000

The thesis of this article is that the Canadian tradition of secrecy around the approval of drugs and devices, coupled with inadequate post-marketing surveillance, has harmed Canadian women and their families. Mains states that proposed changes to the legislative framework must ensure greater transparency and accountability to the approval process as well as enforcement of more stringent conflict of interest guidelines. This peice includes a list of recommendations.

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Breast implants public forum: concerns about Health Canada's process

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Forum public sur les implants mammaires : inquiétudes au sujet du processus de Santé Canada 2005
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Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Women and Health Protection
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

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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Adverse reaction reporting: consumer side effect reporting form - Canada Vigilance Program

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Déclaration des effets indésirables : formulaire de déclaration des effets secondaires du consommateur - Programme Canada Vigilance
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Online
Publisher: 
Health Canada
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Consumers/patients and health professionals can report adverse reactions (also known as side effects) to health products, including prescription and non-prescription medications, biologics (including fractionated blood products, as well as therapeutic and diagnostic vaccines), natural health products and radiopharmaceuticals, to the Canada Vigilance Program.

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The Context for Health Reform

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Pat Armstrong
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
March 1999
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Toronto, ON

This article looks at the international context for health reform in Canada.  The author explores how Canada has developed some unique reform strategies and adapted others to suit our particular circumstances. She argues that this is particularly the case in the areas of health promotion and gender-based analysis. But foreign influences and external pressures have seldom been absent, although the extent and nature of these have changed significantly over the years.

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ISBN 1550144677

Transparency and the drug approval process at Health Canada

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Ann Silversides
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Argues that the federal government is protecting drug companies instead of the public by keeping information about the drug approval process secret. Examines the impact of this on women's health.

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WHP PHAR.S55 2005
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Includes bibliographical references.

Transparency and the drug approval process at Health Canada: policy brief

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Women and Health Protection
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Argues that the lack of transparency in the drug approval process can lead to inappropriate, unnecessary and sometimes dangerous drug use, and it impedes the development of knowledge and appropriate decision-making.

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Same tune, different lyrics: the Vioxx story

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Author: 
Anne Rochon Ford
Publisher: 
Network/Le Réseau
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Illustrates the flaws in the Canadian drug approval and drug regulatory processes, using the current Vioxx scandal as example.

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ISSN 14800039

Reporting harm caused by medicines

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Colleen Fuller
Diane Saibil
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Discusses why women should report all cases of known or suspected harm from prescription drugs and medicines. Provides contact information for consumers who wish to file a report.

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WHP PHAR.F85 2005

Post-market surveillance of therapeutic drugs in Canada

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Diane Saibil
Colleen Fuller
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Discusses the importance of an effective post-market surveillance system of therapeutic drugs. Lists problems with the current system, and argues that improvements will only occur when there is greater consumer involvement.

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WHP PHAR.F85 2005
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