Canada’s drug problems

by pen_60 on October 3, 2013 - 10:18am

Link

http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/11/20/canadas-drug-problems/

Summary

Canada has a lot of problems with drug (in particular opioid, painkiller) abuse. Health Canada tries to block generics, but it’s only the beginning of the solution. According to a pharmaceutical policy expert, Steve Morgan, a great solution of this problem could be the PharmaNet system which has the full file of each patient. Another problem in Canada is the lack of documentation about drug experimentations (e.g. “how long the trial was run, […] whether the drug was compared to a placebo…”). Also, a post-marketing surveillance should be done on patients, but often, it’s not and there is sometimes a huge difference between clinical trials and real life. Moreover, drugs come with a financial barrier: about 1 in 10 Canadians who need drugs do not take them because they cannot pay for them.

Opinion

Drug problems are a serious issue in Canada. We see that it comes from the system; how it works and how well people are doing research. Can we change this? It’s hard to contribute to help Health Canada improve their system. Should we stand by without doing anything? People who work at this institute should be more precise in their work, should fill in more detailed patients’ files. It will not be easy to change this system. However I am sure that there are others systems that don’t function as well as ours. In my opinion, we are lucky to live in this society.

Question

In your opinion, what is the best solution to improve pharmaceutical health care?

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