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  • Health system faces year of restraint as budget looms
  • How health wait times fell off the Harper government’s radar
  • Health minister doesn’t want any new health dollars in budget
  • Ontario vows to introduce advocate’s office for health-care complaints
  • ‘Vanessa’s Law’ would let Ottawa pull dangerous drugs
  • Generic drug switch by Shoppers outrages parents
  • Big pharmacies banned from selling private-label generic drugs: Supreme Court

Health system faces year of restraint as budget looms

Minister hints at focus on more efficiency, not funding… Read on: Edmonton Journal


How health wait times fell off the Harper government’s radar

Last week, as Stephen Harper’s Conservatives marked eight years since their rise to power, the Health Council of Canada delivered what seemed to be a rather inconsiderate anniversary gift… Read on: Maclean’s


Health minister doesn’t want any new health dollars in budget

OTTAWA – Health Minister Rona Ambrose said Thursday she doesn’t want any new money for health care in the upcoming federal budget… Read on: Sun News


Ontario vows to introduce advocate’s office for health-care complaints

Ontarians who have a bad brush with the health-care system will soon be able to take their complaints to a new patient advocate… Read on: Globe and Mail


‘Vanessa’s Law’ would let Ottawa pull dangerous drugs

New health legislation tabled in Parliament today would give the government more power to recall unsafe products and impose fines of up to $5 million a day for leaving unsafe products on shelves… Read on: CBC News  


Generic drug switch by Shoppers outrages parents

Complaint filed after autistic son has adverse effects; chain denies wrongdoing… Read on: CBC News BC


Big pharmacies banned from selling private-label generic drugs: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld regulations that Ontario created to prevent pharmacy chains from selling their own generic versions of prescription medications in place of name-brand drugs. In a 7-0 decision, the justices said the province’s 2010 regulations are a legitimate part of its efforts to control prescription […]


 

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