Public consultations will help assess effectiveness of current approach
OTTAWA, May 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Health Canada has launched a six week
consultation period, from May 22, 2014 - July 5, 2014, to hear from
patients, healthcare providers, and other Canadians on the current
approach to drug shortage notification via www.drugshortages.ca. This industry-led website was launched in 2012 at the request of the
Minister of Health to provide a go-to source of information about
actual and anticipated shortages of medications.
Canadians are encouraged to participate in the online consultations at: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/consultation/drug-medic/consult_shortages-penuries-eng.php
The voluntary system has been in place for two years, and now is a good
time to take stock of the current approach, to determine whether it is
meeting the needs of the healthcare system and to chart the most
effective path forward. The input provided through these consultations
will help Health Canada assess how well the current system is working.
Health Canada is also working with industry to improve advanced
notification of anticipated drug shortages and discontinuances by drug
companies. The Department has promoted co-ordinated action on critical
drug shortages between Health Canada, provinces/territories, industry,
and other stakeholders, to minimize their occurrence and impact.
Consultations with domestic stakeholders and international regulatory
counterparts will also be held.
Drug shortages are a complex problem. When shortages occur, the health
system requires timely, reliable, and comprehensive information so that
it can respond appropriately.
www.drugshortages.ca is an industry-led website launched in March 2012 to meet a growing
need for information about supply disruptions.
Canadian manufacturers and importers are expected to post all
anticipated and actual drug shortages and discontinuances on www.drugshortages.ca as early as possible, to allow maximum time for the healthcare system
to react to the shortage. The site continues to improve and expand.
"Drug shortages affect the whole health system. Governments, industry,
healthcare providers and individual patients each have an important
role to play in helping to figure out the best solutions. These
consultations will allow patients, healthcare providers and medical
practitioners to share their views. Currently, the voluntary system has
been successful, but we are always open to improving the system if it
will benefit patients."
Minister of Health
September 2013 Announcement
Public Consultation on the Notification of Drug Shortages
SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose Federal Minister of Health
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