Canadian Medical Association - Statement on Interim Auditor General Report

OTTAWA, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - The report provided today by the Interim Auditor General on drug safety raises concerns about patient and drug safety. Patient safety is the number one priority of physicians and today's findings by the Interim Auditor General deserve to be addressed.

The CMA has long recommended that Health Canada work toward developing a drug safety system.  The Canadian Medical Association is reassured to see that Health Canada has accepted the recommendations from the Interim Auditor General to provide transparent, accurate and timely information to Canadians on the safety of their medication.

Previous CMA recommendations for a better drug safety system included:

  • a timely process for approving new drugs, based on the best available scientific evidence of their effectiveness and safety;
  • comprehensive processes for gathering drug safety and effectiveness data once the drug is on the market;
  • a capacity for rigorous analysis of the data that has been gathered, to identify significant threats to drug safety; and
  • a communications system that produces useful information, distributed to health care providers and the public in a timely, easily understood manner.

Pharmaceuticals are a critical part of modern, patient-centred health care. Canadian patients deserve a rigourous and effective system to ensure patient safety and monitor performance.

Dr. John Haggie
President
Canadian Medical Association

SOURCE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

For further information:

Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations
lucie.boileau@cma.ca
Tel. : 1 800 663-7336 / 613 731-8610 ext. 1266
Cell. : 613 447-0866

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