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UPDATE: More recalls related to valsartan drugs

Health Canada has updated and enlarged its recall notice regarding the blood pressure drug, valsartan. Eight more products have been added to the list as a precaution. The drug is used to control blood pressure for those at risk of» 

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Opioid deaths increase 34 per cent

The government of Canada will severely restrict the marketing of prescription opioids to doctors after nearly 4,000 Canadians died in 2017 of overdose linked to this class of drugs. That was an increase from about 3,000 in 2016. The most» 

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Parents call for action on youth overdose deaths

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and parents who have lost children are calling for action to prevent drug overdose deaths. In 2016, at least 2,458 people died of an opioid overdose in Canada and 13 people were hospitalized each» 

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Campaign seeks to force drug makers to reveal benefits to doctors

Canada’s opiate crisis has given new impetus to efforts to oblige pharmaceutical companies to report all benefits they confer on doctors. “There’s been some influence from drug industries to potentially prescribe drugs that may not be so clearly beneficial for» 


Government says roadside drug tests work

As it prepares to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the Canadian government says it has found two roadside tests can successfully identify drug-impaired drivers. Impaired driving is a criminal offense in Canada. The pilot project involved the collection of» 

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Health authority warns of Halloween overdose risk

With many Halloween parties coming up this weekend, a western health authority is warning people to take precautions if they plan to take drugs. If they won’t consume themselves, people are advised to look out for friends and family who» 

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Drug for elephants lethal for illicit users

While fentanyl is causing a sharp increase in overdoses and deaths among illicit drug users in Canada, a new drug is appearing called carfentanil that is far more potent. The U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information lists carfentanil as being 100» 

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Police warn against deadly new street drug W-18

W-18 is a synthetic opioid considered to be 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 time stronger than fentanyl—a street drug which caused about 270 overdose deaths last year in the province of Alberta alone. The deaths are occurring» 

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Public health emergency declared over drug deaths

Increasing drug overdoses and deaths have prompted the government of the western province of British Columbia to declare a public health emergency. The province recorded 474 drug-related deaths in 2015. That was an increase of 30 per cent over the» 

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Doctors warn against training funded by big pharma

Concern is growing that pharmaceutical companies often sponsor the education and ongoing training of doctors in Canada. Their sponsorship biases the content of educations programs, says an editorial written by three Toronto physicians, and doctors don’t necessarily get the best»