Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Feds pour $32 million into drug monitoring

The federal government unveiled details Wednesday and announced more funding for its plan to better monitor the safety of drugs once they are on the market.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the government is spending $32 million over the next five years to support the new Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network, and will devote $10 million every year afterwards to the initiative that was first announced in July.

Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a federal agency, will put the finishing touches on the new network in the coming months. That will involve creating a virtual network to link researchers, setting up an office at the CIHR and hiring a committee that will help determine a research agenda based on priorities identified by decision-makers. ...more

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