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Archive for: drug

Comment: Drug sales reps could be bad for your health

It sometimes takes a long time to discover environmental hazards, and even longer to do something about them once they are discovered. Second-hand smoke, leaded gasoline and asbestos were all deemed bad for our health many years ago, yet the...


Canadians overmedicated because MDs unaware of drug risks, experts say

Drug sales reps don’t mention risks. Doctors prescribe dosages that are too high globeandmail – Health _ Fitness


Alberta pharmacies to stop offering Air Miles, Aeroplan points with prescription drug purchases

Pharmacies will be banned from offering loyalty and rewards programs when selling prescription drugs, the Alberta College of Pharmacists announced Thursday. The college, which regulates pharmacies in Alberta, said it is going ahead with a prohibition...


Researcher devise drug cocktail for coronavirus

Researcher devise drug cocktail for coronavirus

When a new disease emerges, scientists and physicians hope something that’s already in the medicine cabinet can be used to treat it. Ottawa Citizen – Health


Tory government looks to improve drug safety at Health Canada

A Star investigation into the safety of prescription drugs shone a light on problems with the way Health Canada collects and analyzes reports of adverse drug reactions, as well as the secrecy surrounding what the regulator learns about whether...


5 sources of objective drug information suggested

“Physicians were rarely informed about serious adverse events, raising questions about whether current approaches to regulation of sales representatives adequately protect patient health,” Dr. Joel Lexchin of York University in...


A decade of the Common Drug Review

Canadian Medical Association Journal current issue


Drug cuts a tough pill to swallow? (Alberta)

When the province originally announced plans to lower drug prices for consumers, it sounded like a wonderful idea. But it’s beginning to look like it might not be such a great idea, after all. Lethbridge Herald


Cancer drug company wasn’t licensed

Cancer drug company wasn’t licensed

Windsor Star Typical bag of saline marked as 250 ml., left, with a dry powder and a syringe at Windsor Regional Hospital Met campus, Friday. The syringe is used to reconstitute the dry powder by drawing fluid from the bag. Photograph by: Nick...


Drug sales reps often don’t inform docs about adverse effects: Study

Family doctors rarely receive information on the harmful effects of drugs, but are still inclined to prescribe the drugsSun News Canada’s network for news, politics, and opinions


Canada “losing out on secret drug price deals”

Health systems around the world are increasingly negotiating secret price rebates from pharmaceutical companies, and Canada risks losing out on these deals, new research warns. For the study, which is published in the April issue of the journal...


New national strategy on prescription drug abuse (CMAJ)

Canadian Medical Association Journal publish ahead of print


Novartis denied cancer drug patent in landmark Indian case

India’s top court dismissed Swiss drug maker Novartis AG’s attempt to win patent protection for its cancer drug Glivec globeandmail – Health & Fitness


Roche Agree To Release All Trial Data On Tamiflu Drug

The BMJ can reveal that following over three years of talks with pharmaceutical giant Roche, the Cochrane Collaboration is at last being granted access to “all 74 Roche-sponsored trials” of the influenza drug, Tamiflu (oseltamivir)....


Give Health Canada power to require post-market monitoring of drug safety: Senate Report

Give Health Canada power to require post-market monitoring of drug safety: Senate Report

“The monitoring of a drug’s performance, once it enters the population, is an enormously important opportunity to collect information to benefit the health of Canadians and that is not being done,” Conservative Senator Kelvin Ogilvie...