Health Canada's investment in new post-market drug surveillance network a "pittance"

Silversides, Ann
August 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/26/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 5, p412
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the $1 million investment by Health Canada in an independent research network that will study the safety and effects of prescription drugs taken by Canadians. In June 2008, the Parliament's Standing Committee on Health called on the government to form the network that would link researchers around the country to produce timely reports that track the effect of drug use in the "real world" and hence, help protect Canadians from the unexpected adverse impacts of prescription drugs.


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