OTTAWA, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Rocco Gerace, MD, President of the
Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC), today
issued the following statement in regard to Health Minister Leona
Aglukkaq's announcement on medical marihuana.
Our overriding interest is the protection and safety of patients, and
the quality of care they receive from licensed physicians.
We strongly believe that the practice of medicine should be
evidence-based, and that physicians should not be asked to prescribe or
dispense substances or treatments for which there is little or no
evidence of clinical efficacy or safety.
We believe that the new federal medical marihuana regulations put
patients and the general public at risk.
The new regulations as written are an abdication on the part of Health
Canada of its role in patient safety and public protection.
Without clinical proof of efficacy and safety, we, as representatives of
the medical regulatory authorities in Canada, will oppose the federal
government's new medical marihuana regime released today.
FMRAC is the national organization and the privileged voice of the
thirteen provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities.
SOURCE: Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
For further information:
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
1 613 738-0373 x2602