‘Transparent’ campaign promise should apply to drug reaction reporting in Canada

Spontaneous adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting systems are under-utilized worldwide and Canada’s is no exception. However, apart from expensive unique arrangements such as patient registries, they are the only systems regularly available to collect and analyze ADR reports as soon as a new drug receives marketing approval and, in some circumstances, can provide early insight into a safety risk.Health Canada’s spontaneous ADR reporting system was established in 1965 in the wake of the thalidomide tragedy. Annual summaries of the number of reports received, how many ADRs were “serious,” and the report sources were included in the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter

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