How Big Pharma Deceives You About Drug Safety


FromĀ The Conversation: A Saskatchewan judge recently rejected a proposed settlement between the Canadian provinces and Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, over the opioid epidemic. This decisionĀ draws attention toĀ Health Canada’s lack of regulation of the promotion of prescription drugs in Canada.

“Since at least as far back as the mid-1970s, Health Canada has not fined a single drug company for the way that it promotes prescription drugs.

A reporter forĀ the Toronto StarĀ asked Health Canada why it had never prosecuted drug companies for illegally marketing drugs in Canada despite the same companies being fined for doing so in the United States.

TheĀ response from Health CanadaĀ was that it ‘has not been made aware of any specific similar issue in Canada and has not received complaints concerning these companies promoting off-label uses of their products in Canada.'”

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