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Prescription drug shortages occurring more frequently

2012-03-02

Queen’s University School of Medicine professor Jackie Duffin is available to talk about shortages of various prescription drugs, which some experts say are occurring more frequently.

Last fall federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq asked Canadian drug companies to voluntarily report shortages of certain drugs on public websites. But some health officials say the government should make this mandatory – an idea Dr. Duffin agrees with.

“Many of the shortages involve inexpensive generic drugs, and there is speculation that pharmaceutical manufacturers may be choosing to reduce production of these less profitable drugs to boost sales of more expensive brand-name drugs,” says Dr. Duffin. “Drug companies have an ethical duty to make sure Canadians have access to prescribed medications, many of which can be life-saving.”

Dr. Duffin created a website (www.canadadrugshortage.com) to highlight the problem.

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