Thursday, March 08, 2007

Health Canada proposes better drug monitoring

From the Toronto Star:
Health Canada is considering a new system of licensing prescription drugs that would more closely monitor the safety and effectiveness of medications after they are approved for sale.

A discussion paper posted on the department's website proposes progressive licensing for drugs to follow up on them once they are being taken by large numbers of people. Clinical trials used to bring drugs to market are typically small; rare side-effects only generally come to light when medications are taken by many thousands of people. ...more

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