Pharmaceutical Industry

Media release: How Safe Are New Drugs? Market Withdrawal of Drugs Approved in Canada between 1990 and 2009

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on January 28, 2014 - 06:55

Open Medicine

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A York University study of drug safety published today in Open Medicine shows that new drugs are often on the market in Canada for more than three years before they are withdrawn as unsafe, raising concerns about turning to the newest drugs available.

Access to vital information: drug safety edition

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on January 26, 2014 - 17:27

With the recent news that the main Health Canada research library in Ottawa has closed, with inter-library loans (i.e.

Drug-Pushing and Bribery at the American Academy of Neurology

Submitted by Wajid Sayeed on May 14, 2012 - 23:08

I recently returned from a university-sponsored junket to New Orleans, where I attended the 2012 meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.  I learned a few things, met a few people of interest to me, and took a stroll or two through the displays in between sessions. In one (smaller) hall, there were daily displays of posters from academic institutions all over the world. In the larger hall (at the very back of which we were served a soggy and repetitive lunch), scenes like these were to be beheld: