Canada needs national approach to protect against drug shortages Canada needs a national approach to managing its way to obtain pharmaceutical drugs, starting with a mandatory reporting system for drug shortages, argues an editorial in CMAJ and CPJ . Shortages of drugs, those used in chemotherapy particularly, along with antibiotics, antiepileptics and anesthetics, have become common increasingly, widespread and unpredictable in Canada quite powerfull . These shortages bring about poorer health for Canadians, with outcomes such as worsening of medical conditions, negative reactions to substitute drugs, cancellation of procedures and surgeries, and increased costs to individuals and the ongoing health care system.
B.C. Supreme Courtroom Justice Ian Pitfield in-may 2008 released a ruling in the case, saying that certain parts of the CDSA associated with drug possession and trafficking are inconsistent with the Canadian Charter of Privileges and Freedoms. The blanket prohibition plays a part in the very harm it seeks to avoid, Pitfield wrote in his ruling, adding, It really is inconsistent with the state’s interest in fostering specific and community health insurance and preventing death and disease. In his ruling, Pitfield gave the Canadian government until June 30, 2009, to rewrite the CDSA possession and trafficking provisions, which would enable Insite to keep operation.