Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Coroner calls for better drug paper trail

The province's chief coroner issued six pointed recommendations yesterday after reviewing the investigation into the deaths of 11 customers of Hamilton's King West Pharmacy.

Dr. Barry McLellan called for a review of resources dedicated to catching counterfeit drugs in Canada, noting staffing may have to change in order to minimize the risk of fakes getting into the drug distribution system.

McLellan also called for a detailed paper trail to better trace starting from when prescription drugs are made to their sale in drugstores, and for regulations that govern where pharmacists can buy drugs to be "reviewed and if necessary restricted." ...more

The press release detailing all of the recommendationas can be found here.

There is no doubt in my mind that this was real black eye for pharmacists across the country. However, I'm not exactly sure how the recommendations specficially help. There are a lot of rules already in place governing chain of supply that this guy did not follow.

The recommendation that would be a big change is the last one, which would give the college the power to close a health professional's practice down without having to go to court.

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