'to improve the reporting of adverse reactions by healthcare
EDMONTON, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Health Canada has proposed new rules
that will strengthen the regulation of therapeutic products and improve
the reporting of adverse reactions by healthcare institutions. The law
named after Vanessa Young, daughter of the Member of Parliament from
Oakville will have an impact on patient safety.
The Act will increase patient safety in Canada by improving Health
Canada's ability to collect safety information on marketed therapeutic
products. The Act will also allow Health Canada to take quick and
appropriate action when a serious health risk is identified, such as
ordering a product recall or requiring a label change to make new
safety information available to patients and consumers.
Together, these changes will lead to improved patient safety and better
health outcomes for Canadians, including vulnerable populations such as
children, seniors, and pregnant or nursing women.
"Until recently, limited information has been available on adverse drug
alerts nationally" says Hugh MacLeod, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety
Institute. "Vanessa's Law will change that and is increasingly
recognized as having the potential to improve performance of
health-care professionals, reduce patient safety incidents and
therefore improve patient safety."
Historically, when an incident occurs in one jurisdiction, other
jurisdictions are not made aware of the incident, or of the learning
that results from it. That is why it is important to learn from the
patient voice and experience.
"There is a tremendous need for the patient voice and patient
involvement," says Barb Farlow, member of Patients for Patient Safety
Canada. "When we get involved we encourage and inspire others to become
involved and our collective involvement will make a difference. We
need to work together to improve healthcare and make it safer."
About Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not-for-profit
organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate
implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation
in patient safety. Funded by Health Canada, CPSI reflects the desire
to close the gap between the healthcare we have and the healthcare we
SOURCE: Canadian Patient Safety Institute
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