Health Canada

Misinformed Cannabis Policies Prevent Access to Life-Saving Treatments

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

My work as a scientist involves researching the potential impact of cannabis among people living with HIV/AIDS. Patients have told us for decades that marijuana helps them deal with the side effects of their medications. But now, in a preliminary study, we have found evidence to suggest that people who use cannabis are more likely to have slower HIV disease progression -- meaning that they can live longer and healthier lives.

We Must Separate Fact From Fiction in the Cannabis Debate

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Conversations about cannabis policy are heating up. So it's no surprise that we suddenly seem immersed in claims and counterclaims on a slew of topics related to cannabis use and regulation. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy has tasked itself with determining the strength of scientific support for such claims. Over the past year, we've been working diligently on scanning the news media and online conversations about cannabis to identify the most oft-repeated or high-profile claims including the ones above related to its use and regulation.

Where Does Your Candidate Stand on GMO Labelling?

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

Attend an all candidate's meeting in your area, and ask what his or her stance is on GMOs. If enough people ask, they'll know that this is important to Canadians, and that their chances of getting elected will depend on where they stand on this issue! Together, we can make GMO labelling an election issue.

Althia Raj

Health Canada Approves RU-486 Abortion PIll | Althia Raj | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Living

OTTAWA — Health Canada has approved the use of the abortion pill RU-486, The Huffington Post Canada has learned. RU-486, also known as mifepristo...

Medical Pot Patients Win Right To Sue Health Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Business

HALIFAX — The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class action started on behalf of medical marijuana licensees alleging that Health Canada viol...

Massive Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Against Feds Rumbles Ahead

CBC | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class-action lawsuit involving 40,000 people in the medical marijuana access program. The case was launc...

Insurance Coverage For Medical Pot Coming Soon

CP | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO — Canadians who have been prescribed medical marijuana could one day see their insurance company footing the bill, experts predict, followin...

Canada's Medicare System Aging Badly

CP | Posted 07.19.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's medicare system is aging badly, a federal panel said Friday. The Advisory Panel on Health Care Innovation has released a new repo...

Health Canada Spends $1.5M To Re-Air Pot Ads Before Election

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics

"Our government will continue to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug abuse and encourage youth to choose a drug-free lifestyle."

Canada's Medical Marijuana Could Soon Have New Products

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — Medical marijuana users can legally consume other forms of the drug beyond the traditional dried version under new Health Canada rules that...

What You Need to Know About Canada's Proposed Nutrition Label Changes

Abby Langer | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

For the second time since 2007, Canada's nutrition labels are being revised. While the new labels are an important step in the right direction, I've broken down the good and the bad of what I feel, as a dietitian, are the most important changes on the labels.

Health Canada's New Labels Would Showcase Sugar, Serving Sizes

CP | Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Health Canada is proposing redesigned nutrition labels that would highlight when food products contain a lot of sugar.The new labelling rule...

Health Canada Silent As Provinces Regulate E-Cigarette Use

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living

British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec are in the process of passing legislation and several other provinces have indicated they plan to as well.

Biosimilar Drugs Are on the Right Side of Canada's Health Care Cost Equation

Gerry Stefanatos | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Business
Gerry Stefanatos

A biosimilar drug is a biologic medicine made from a living organism or cell. By embracing biosimilars into Canadian health care, patients will benefit from safe and effective treatment options at a lower cost, and our health-care system will be that much more sustainable as a result.

Similar Pharmaceutical Drugs Are Not Always the Same

Linda Wilhelm | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Wilhelm

Biologics are large molecule medicines that are so intricate that manufacturers develop them using unique, biological processes. But as patents expire for established biologic drugs, newer treatments are now entering the Canadian marketplace called Subsequent Entry Biologics. SEBs are similar, but not the same as biologics.

Is Health Canada Doing Enough to Keep Our Food Healthy and Safe?

Rachel Parent | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

After my meeting with the Health Minister Rona Ambrose in November, 2014, I was under the impression that labelling genetically modified foods was up to the scientists at Health Canada. But when I asked two of Health Canada's senior officials about it, I was told that it's not a health and safety issue; therefore it is not within their mandate. Shouldn't the Ministry of Health and Health Canada be looking for conclusive proof that GMOs are safe? I think that is a better way to look out for the health of Canadians.

Canada Needs More Transparency in Pharmaceutical Regulation

Kelvin K. Ogilvie | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Kelvin K. Ogilvie

The federal government plays a vital role in pharmaceutical drug regulation. We have many reasons to be proud of the systems for drug safety already in place in Canada. Yet there's room for significant improvement. Canadians deserve safe, effective, accessible and reliable pharmaceutical drugs when they need them. The only way to do this is through perpetually improved systems framed by transparency and openness.

Sunny Freeman

Police Not Impressed With Health Canada's Medical Pot Enforcement | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Business

Health Canada was flooded with hundreds of letters from police and other officials questioning the department’s oversight of Canada’s medical mari...

So-Called Botox Seized From Vancouver Nail Bar

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Health Canada says the owner of Art Nails Ltd., claimed the product was Botox and that it had been administered to customers.

Breast Milk Newest Beverage Choice For B.C. Fitness Buffs

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia

But Health Canada warns against obtaining breast milk from sources other than authorized milk banks.

Ambrose: I'd End Medical Pot Grow-Ops If I Could

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Business

EDMONTON - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose says her hands are tied right now over the growing trend of home-based marijuana grow ops because the ...

B.C. Clinical Trials Oversight Shows Need For Health Sheriffs

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Until Health Canada chooses to honour its commitment to the auditor general, the FDA and OHRP may be the only health sheriffs in town.

How Health Canada Failed to Uphold Its Own Pharmaceutical Ad Standards

Barbara Mintzes | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Barbara Mintzes

Although advertising of prescription medicines to the public is generally banned in Canada on public health grounds, shifts in administrative policy have allowed two types of ads since late 2000: "reminder" ads that mention a brand name, but make no health claims; and "help-seeking" ads that mention a condition, but do not state a brand or company name. We have identified six main weaknesses in how Health Canada regulates this advertising.

This Holiday, Treat Yourself to Alcohol (-Based Sanitizer)

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

December is now in full swing as are all the activities related to the holiday season. From shopping, to parties, to those getaways to escape the cold, Canadians are moving and mingling. Sadly, this time also marks an upwards shift in the number of respiratory infections.

Stop Making Your Weed Look So Good, Health Canada Tells Producers

CP | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Health Canada has ordered the country's medical marijuana growers to stop advertising their products with treatment claims and promotional i...