Category: British Columbia

British Columbia’s Sell-out to Drug Companies

Paul Webster provides a good overview in the Vancouver Observer of the BC liberal government’s gutting of public-service drug research and analysis in the province, including this admission from Premier Christy Clark about axing the Therapeutics Initiative: Unplugging the Therapeutics…

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Meet Your Doctor’s Generous Friend

Focus magazine has published the Canadian Medical Marveller’s investigation into the activities of drug company sales representatives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. What did we find? Seems like things may not be different in Canada as in the U.S., except…

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Collaboration Between Big Pharma, Private Security Firms, Police and “Counter-terrorist” Forces

This Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest case study of suppression tactics against a Canadian animal rights group is interesting reading, especially for the linkages it draws between AstraZeneca and Novartis pharmaceutical companies and their private security firms, local…

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Antipsychotics in Kids Skyrocketing in BC

Several articles explore dramatically rising rates of antipsychotic prescribing in BC children. Watch out for a mixed bag in terms of who’s being quoted and numbers getting muddled up and incomprehensible at times, but the overall message is clear that…

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Therapeutics Initiative Appeals for Help

One of many devastating consequences to the re-election of the BC Liberals in British Columbia this week could be the final destruction of all independent drug research, evaluation, and regulation in the province for processes more favourable to pharmaceutical companies.…

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Drug Researcher Says BC Liberals Fired Him to Protect Pharma Donations

Drug researcher Bill Warburton alleges in a lawsuit that he was fired along with others in a BC Health Ministry purge because the BC Liberals were trying to protect and increase donations from pharmaceutical companies heading into an election. Here’s…

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Big Pharma Donates 11 Times as Much to BC Liberals

An article in Metro reports some provocative numbers: Anyone wondering why the Liberal government would axe funding for B.C.’s only independent drug watchdog need only follow the money, according to a UVic pharmaceutical policy analyst. Researcher Alan Cassels ran the…

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Study on Drug Marketing in Canada Shows Doctors Misled

Researchers looked at the information pharmaceutical company reps were giving to doctors about drugs in Canada and elsewhere, and found the reps were routinely breaking the law. The study found that in nearly 60 per cent of promotional visits, sales…

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