Drug controls

Drug controls

Keeping an eye on prescription drugs, keeping Canadians safe

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English
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Online
Author: 
Mary Wiktorowicz
Joel Lexchin
Kathy Moscou
Leslie Dan
Ann Silversides
Laura Eggertson
Publisher: 
Health Council of Canada
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Finds that testing for safety and effectiveness of prescrption drugs in Canada takes place almost exclusively before medications are approved and that there are “few regulatory obligations once a product reaches the market.”Assesses the Canadian post-market systems of drug surveillance -  “pharmacovigilance” - and finds that there is no national system to test drugs for safety after they reach the market.

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ISBN 978-1-897463-84-0 PDF
ISBN 978-1-897463-85-7 Print
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Includes bibliographical references.

Consumer side effect reporting form

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English
Translated Title: 
Formulaire de déclaration des effets secondaires du consommateur
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Paper
Online
Publisher: 
Health Canada
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

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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Safe and sound: optimizing prescribing behaviours – summary of main themes and insights (report on a policy symposium).

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Sain et sûr : optimiser les habitudes de prescription – sommaire des principaux thèmes et idées-force (rapport du symposium de politiques)
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Online
Publication Date: 
2007
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A collection of information and advice gathered at the policy symposium "Safe and sound: optimizing prescribing behaviours" held in Montreal in 2007 to assist in the continued development of Canada’s National Pharmaceuticals Strategy (NPS).

 

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ISBN 978-1-897463-06-2

Worst pills, best pills

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English
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Online
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Public Citizen

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.”

MedEffect Canada

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MedEffet Canada
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Online
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Health Canada

MedEffect, launched in 2009, is Health Canada’s initiative to make it easier for consumers, patients, and health professionals to report adverse reactions and side effects, obtain new safety information on drugs and other health products, and learn and better understand the importance of reporting side effects.

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Regulatory requirements for advertising: the distinction between advertising and other activities

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Politique: direction générale des produits de santé et des aliments: distinction entre les activités publicitaires et les autres activités
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Online
Publisher: 
Health Canada
Publication Date: 
1996
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Describes the distinction between advertising to promote the sale of a drug and activities that are not primarily intended to promote the sale of a drug (e.g., education, scientific exchange). These are the regulations that prohibit Direct-to-Consumer Advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs.

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The push to prescribe (webinar)

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
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Canadian Women's Health Network
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Recorded November 4, 2009

Online discussion with The Push to Prescribe (Women’s Press, 2009) editor Anne Rochon Ford and contributors Colleen Fuller and Abby Lippman on how drugs are produced, regulated, marketed, and used in ways that affect many aspects of everyday life, and the extent of these effects, and their special meaning for women.

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Generic drug pricing and access in Canada: what are the implications?

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Author: 
Dr. Chaim Bell
Dr. David Griller
Joshua Lawson
Dusan Lovren
Publisher: 
Health Council of Canada
Publication Date: 
June 2010
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Prescription drugs account for an increasing proportion of Canada’s growing health care system with rising costs that governments in this country are seeking ways to restrain.  The greater use of generic drugs, for which Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world, accounts for a significant portion of these rising costs.  The Health Council of Canada commissioned this independent discussion paper to provide Canadians with some further insight into the generic drug sector and potential options to reduce generic drug prices.

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ISBN 9781897463727
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Health Council of Canada Suite 900, 90 Eglinton Avenue East Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3 Telephone: 416.481.7397 Toll Free: 1-866-998-1019 Facsimile: 416.481.1381 E-mail: information@healthcouncilcanada.ca

Disease mongering in drug promotion: do governments have a regulatory role?

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Author: 
Barbara Mintzes
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PLoS Medicine
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
San Francisco, CA

Examines activities financed by drug companies to promote sales by expanding the pool of patients potentially treated by their products, when no benefit in terms of reduced morbidity is likely.

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ISSN 15491277 (print)
ISSN 15491676 (online)
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Includes bibliographical references.

Raloxifene for breast cancer prevention: an NWHN analysis

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National Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Washington, DC

Argues that the breast cancer benefit of raloxifene may only be useful to a very small number of women.

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