Adverse drug effect

Adverse drug effect

Reporting harm caused by medicines

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English
Owning Org: 
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

A hard pill to swallow

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English
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Online
Author: 
Wendy Mesley
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CBC Marketplace
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Examines the health risks associated with Diane-35, a drug to treat severe acne, yet marketed as a bill control pill.

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CBC

Estrogen and breast cancer: a warning to women

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Carol Ann Rinzler
Publisher: 
Maxwell Macmillan Canada
Publication Date: 
1993
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Chronicles the sixty-year attempt to "cure" menopause with female hormones and the forty-year history of chemical contraception. Details the list of medical and epidemiological studies that show estrogen to be a potential carcinogen.

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BREC.R56 1993
ISBN 0026034913
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

PharmaWatch Canada

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Information provision and referral
Community education/development
Advocacy

Works to highlight and validate consumer experiences and heighten consumer involvement in adverse drug reaction reporting. Aims to facilitate networking among individual patients/consumers and advocacy groups who share our concerns about the lack of adequate post-market monitoring by the pharmaceutical industry and Health Canada. Also aims to raise public awareness about the role of consumers/patients in reporting their own adverse drug reactions - or those experienced by their children, a spouse, a brother or sister, or a parent. Teaches people how to report an ADR, how to encourage others to report, and what role ADR reporting has played or can play to help ensure the medicine we take is right for us.

Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
(604) 687-6613
Email Address: 
pharmawatch@pharmawatch.net
Street Address: 
Ste. 511 - 207 West Hastings Street
City: 
Vancouver
Province: 
British Columbia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
V6B 1H7

Synthesising licensing data to assess drug safety

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English
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Online
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Klim McPhersron
Elina Hemminki
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British Medical Journal
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
London, UK

Argues that if trials done by pharmaceutical companies for licensing purposes had to include adequate data on harms and ineffectiveness the medical community could learn much more quickly what they need to know about new drugs. Contends that the risks of hormone replacement therapy would have been revealed much earlier if better use had been made of existing evidence, and as such, women have been needlessly exposed to an increased risk of heart disease.

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ISSN 14685833

Canada's adverse drug reaction database

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English
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Online
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Health Canada
Publication Date: 
1965-2004
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Provides a searchable database that holds information from all adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports currently held in Health Canada's CADRIS (Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction Information System) database, which monitors adverse drug reactions in drugs approved for the Canadian market.

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CBC

Keeping tabs on drug reactions

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English
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Online
Author: 
Kathleen O'Grady
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Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Explains why PharmaWatch and Women and Health Protection are calling on Health Canada to establish a more effective system for reporting and monitoring adverse drug reactions.

Canadian adverse reaction newsletter

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English
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Online
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Health Canada
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Provides a newsletter that contains adverse reaction information and is published quarterly, in January, April, July and October of each year. Alerts health professionals to potential signals detected through the review of case reports submitted to Health Canada, and also disseminates information on suspected adverse reactions to health products occurring in humans before comprehensive risk-benefit evaluations and regulatory decisions are undertaken.

Newly developed drugs pose more dangers for patients

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English
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Online
Author: 
Gordon Guyatt
Publisher: 
Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Explains that unexpected serious reactions often turn up after a drug appears on the market and that it can take years of use before doctors discover serious drug toxicity.

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Includes bibliographical references.
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