New BC drug review 'jeopardizing lives'
Province went from best to worst in evaluating pharmaceuticals - Canada Health Coalition.
by Andrew MacLeod, from TheTyee.ca
British Columbia has corrupted its drug review process, making changes that will cost lives and money.
That's the assessment of an Ottawa-based health advocate on the eve of a closed government-hosted meeting in Vancouver to update stakeholders on changes to how the provincial government assesses new pharmaceuticals.
"When you corrupt a drug review process you are jeopardizing lives," said Michael McBane, the national coordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition. "There's something fundamentally, deeply unethical about all this. It's a massive violation of the public trust."
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Posted: November 24, 2010
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