Feds working to prevent Canadian drug shortage

 

The government of Canada says it’s working to ensure Canadians have access to the drugs and medication they need when they need them.

According to a recent news release from Health Canada, Canada accounts for only 2 per cent of global drug sales, and 68 per cent of Canadian drugs are sourced internationally.

As of November 27, drugs intended for the Canadian market are prohibited from being distributed for consumption outside of Canada if that sale would cause or worsen a drug shortage.

Additionally, companies will now also be required to provide information to assess existing or potential shortages, when requested, and within 24 hours if there is a serious or imminent health risk.

“Our health care system is a symbol of our national identity and we are committed to defending it. The actions we are taking today will help protect Canadians’ access to the medication they rely on," Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, said in the release.

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