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Conflict of interest "infects" BC drug review panel

Big Pharma helps OK drugs for sale in province.

Big Pharma helps OK drugs for sale in BC.by by Tom Sandborn, from TheTyee.ca – 4 October 2010

The door is now open to add pharmaceutical industry reps to the panel reviewing new drugs for use in BC. That builds in conflicts of interest, will raise risks to patients, and could cost taxpayers more, say the NDP health critic and a drug policy researcher.

But the Campbell government defends its controversial revamping of the drug review process, which used to be under the control of Therapeutics Initiative, an independent agency founded in 1994 at UBC. The time had come, a spokesperson told The Tyee, for a "more integrated" approach.

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Posted: October 06, 2010

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