Terence Young, an Ontario MP whose daughter's death was blamed on a now-discontinued prescription drug, Prepulsid, is spreading the word with regard to calling for an independent drug safety agency.
I believe that Terence Young is right, I also believe that both the UK and US need a new independent drug safety agency.
The following video was taken from CTV News and shows Terence explain why an independent agency is needed. He told the morning show:
"Nothing significant has changed since Vanessa died. There are dangerous drugs on the market right now, because regulators still aren't issuing proper safety warnings," Young said.
"Twenty-two prescription drugs that Health Canada and the pharmaceutical industry told us were safe to our families have been taken off the market since 1997 for injuring and killing patients."
Add to that the fact that Health Canada, like it's British and American counterparts, are funded by the pharmaceutical industry and you can see why there is a need for change.
Terence Young also gave evidence last year at the inquest of Sara Carlin, an 18 year old teenager who tragically took her life whilst on Paxil [Seroxat in UK]. The jury at that inquest called for an independent health regulator to be set-up.
With so much opposition to Health Canada, it's hard to see why they still "regulate" prescription medication. But with a regulatory body financed by the pharmaceutical industry, it will be extremely difficult to knock them from the perch they have been sitting on for so many years.
Terence is also the author of "Death By Prescription", a harrowing account of the untimely death of his daughter, Vanessa.
I read the book some time ago, the opening chapter had me in floods of tears.
Here's the video from CTV
**Apologies for the poor synch quality.
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