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Too many drugs allowed on market January 23, 2011

Posted by Dreamhealer in Big Pharma.
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A Tory MP who has led a decade-long crusade against Health Canada’s prescription drug safety protocols says Canadian lives are at stake during the agency’s closed-door talks this week aimed at updating the Food and Drugs Act. Terence Young, who is one of several people taking part in Health Canada’s three days of consultations that began Wednesday, told CBC News he believes the agency is putting lives at risk by approving too many drugs too quickly.

He used his daughter’s death 10 years ago as an example. Health Canada has invited individuals representing stakeholder groups and institutions — including drug companies, patients’ groups, physicians, pharmacists and others — to discuss how the agency reviews drugs, approves them and monitors safety once doctors begin prescribing the medication to their patients.

Young, who represents the Ontario riding of Oakville, said he will keep pushing for the creation of an independent drug safety agency, instead of depending on Health Canada, which he said views its role now as “helping the pharmaceutical companies market drugs.”  Read More…

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