Saturday, December 08, 2007

Fears over medicine unproven: industry

From the National Post:
It would likely take two to three years before a decision could be made to pull controversial children's cough and cold products from the shelves, says the umbrella association for Canada's non-prescription drug manufacturers.

Defending the remedies against a withering assessment in the influential New England Journal of Medicine that calls for their immediate removal, the spokesman of the Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada (ND-MAC) is confident that science will vindicate the popular decongestants, cough suppressants and expectorants. Before proceeding with their own trials, however, the industry says it needs a clearer direction of evidence needed to satisfy Health Canada that they work.

"We're in a holding pattern -- I don't deny it," said Gerry Harrington, NDMAC's director of public affairs. "But the first step is to decide what will work best as a standard for efficacy." ...more

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