Navigation Links
Canada needs national approach to protect against drug shortages
Date:8/20/2012

Canada needs a national approach to managing its supply of pharmaceutical drugs, starting with a mandatory reporting system for drug shortages, argues an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and CPJ (Canadian Pharmacists Journal).

Shortages of drugs, particularly those used in chemotherapy, as well as antibiotics, antiepileptics and anesthetics, have become increasingly common, unpredictable and widespread in Canada. These shortages result in poorer health for Canadians, with consequences such as worsening of medical conditions, negative reactions to substitute drugs, cancellation of surgeries and procedures, and increased costs to patients and the health care system.

"It is ridiculous and intolerable that a wealthy, developed nation like Canada cannot reliably provide medicines to its people," write Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, Deputy Editor, CMAJ, and Rosemary Killeen, Editor-in-Chief, CPJ.

"Although the causes of drug shortages are myriad and complex, Canada's lack of preparedness for and ability to cope with this problem seem more readily apparent," the authors write. "One salient feature is the absence of integrated, coordinated national leadership on drug policy in Canada."

Europe and the United States require pharmaceutical companies to inform governments in advance of possible drug shortages. Canada, however, is relying on industry to establish a voluntary reporting system rather than establishing a mandatory reporting system.

"A mandatory reporting system for impending shortages should be created and maintained, so that health care stakeholders at all levels have adequate and timely information with which to make decisions," state the authors.

With national leadership to manage the issue, Canada could take other steps to minimize the effect of shortages, including:

  • expanding the national pharmaceutical drug stockpile
  • mandating that there must be at least two or more suppliers for essential drugs
  • establishing a system to share supplies across the country and to restock quickly from international suppliers if there is a shortage.

"The people of Canada deserve greater responsiveness and action from their elected officials to safeguard the supply of some of the most critical components of health care delivery," the authors conclude.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kim Barnhardt
kim.barnhardt@cmaj.ca
613-520-7116 x2224
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Canada should play a role in addressing the global cancer epidemic
2. U.S. Bests Canada, Europe in Drug Approvals
3. Canada should significantly increase its funding of randomized clinical trials
4. Financial Press: Bralorne Gold Mines Strikes Expands on its Ultra-High Grade Gold System in Canada
5. Dr. Prabhat Jha, global health researcher, appointed to Order of Canada
6. Canadians super-sizing Canadas Food Guide servings: York University study
7. Blood Clot Risk for Outpatients Needs More Attention: Study
8. Being left out puts youths with special needs at risk for depression
9. Self-worth needs to go beyond appearance
10. Heavy Duty Alternators and Starters Expert Elreg Distributors Ltd. Meets Needs of International Market with Launch of Spanish Website
11. B2B e Trader is Addressing the Critical Needs of Local Businesses by Lauching the New Shop Small Business Directory
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/29/2016)... ... May 29, 2016 , ... Whole Health Supply is happy to announce the ... available via Amazon.com. This new style of nail clipper has a wider jaw opening ... approximately 4mm and the actual handle is 2.5mm thick to accommodate the cutting force. ...
(Date:5/28/2016)... ... ... May 26, 2016- In search of the K. Warriors, Shaolin Institute is ... Warriors” on June 4, 2016 at Ashbury Hotel and Suites 600 West Interstate 65 ... by Shaolin Institute and sanctioned by KSF (Kungfu Sanda Federation), This is the 28th ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... Newark, NJ (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... been named as YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) 2016 honorees. The ... to their workplace. For this year, Geri Boone, Director of the MLTSS (Managed Long-Term ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... installment is bolstered by inspiring human-interest stories, courtesy of awareness-driven celebrities and thought ... industry, from leading advocates, associations and industry leaders such as Bioness. , ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... in scholarships to students studying complementary medicine. Allison Outerbridge is this year’s ... her award on May 18 at the university’s Student Leadership Awards ceremony. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... May 27, 2016 LabStyle Innovations ... Diabetes Management Tool, today announced that the Company,s Chief Financial ... MicroCap Conference being held June 1-2 in New ... held June 7-9 in Los Angeles, CA. ... recent corporate and operational milestones, including the U.S. FDA Clearance ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... TEL-AVIV, Israel , May 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... KTOV), an innovative biopharmaceutical company focused on late-stage ... by Dexcel Pharma of pivotal batches ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This follows Kitov,s ... pivotal Phase III trial successfully met its primary ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... York , May 26, 2016 ... Research "Medical Waste Management Market - U.S. Industry Analysis, Size, ... waste management market in the U.S. was valued at US$ ... a CAGR of 3.4% from 2015 to 2023 to reach ... exhaustive analysis of current and emerging needle free drug delivery ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: