Reporting Adverse Side Effects: If You Don’t Tell, Who Will?

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are an important part of the process of determining the safety of drugs and treatments. Reports of ADRs by consumers has become a significant portion of the total yet only 1-5% of ADRs are ever reported. The consumer has the biggest stake in ensuring that ADRs are documented and that pharmaceutical manufacturers are held accountable for their mistakes.

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Off-Label Prescribing: What you don’t know could hurt you

Off-label prescribing, although legal for physicians in Canada, is illegal for pharmaceutical companies to promote and fines have been ineffective in preventing this practice. Many off-label prescriptions are for conditions difficult to test for, are aimed at women or children and can have serious adverse effects. Drug companies should be required to collect systematic scientific data on these drugs and medical products and seek market authorization for these uses.

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