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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Health Canada, Secrecy and Disruptive Innovation

Health Canada has been less progressive in moving towards transparency in why drugs are not approved than in other international jurisdictions. This exposes patients to significant risks because physicians are unaware of all the relevant safety and efficacy information and hampers the development of better or different clinical trials and innovative research.

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