NOW online: Canadian Adverse Drug Reports to Health Canada

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Zee, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Zee

    Zee Guest

    For those wanting to know what LIPITOR adverse events have been
    reported to a drug regulatory body--Health Canada--Canada's FDA, go
    here and "agree" then in the search box type in LIPITOR (or any other
    drug):

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/adr/database/

    This database lists all adverse drug reactions reported to Health Canada between 1998-2003. It is
    estimated reported adverse events represent one to ten percent of the actual adverse events. Note at
    least one death has been reported for LIPITOR.

    One person searching on their drug said "there were 76 reports on one of the drugs I take. Most were
    deaths." This was previously unknown to this person, and apparently, to the person's physician.

    The American FDA, as far as I know, does not make similar information available on their website.
    How did this come about in Canada?

    Health Canada was forced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation through the Freedom of Information
    Act to provide this information, and it was put on the CBC website last night, Feb 17.

    At this website you can also download the adverse event reporting form, and compare it to the form
    for your country.

    How many of us would have taken lipitor, baycol, zocor or any drug if we had seen the information on
    this database, and been able to ask our doctors "what about this?"

    For more on this story, go to: http://www.cbc.ca/news/adr/

    B'adant
     
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  2. listener

    listener Guest

    On 18 Feb 2004 10:38:10 -0800, [email protected] (Zee) wrote:

    >How many of us would have taken lipitor, baycol, zocor or any drug if we had seen the information
    >on this database, and been able to ask our doctors "what about this?"
    >
    >For more on this story, go to: http://www.cbc.ca/news/adr/
    >
    >B'adant

    From the main page:

    "There are some very important things to keep in mind when looking at the results of your search.
    Some are mentioned elsewhere on this page, but are worth repeating.

    1] People filing a report suspect an adverse reaction was caused by a drug. ADR reports do not imply
    a causal link between a reaction and a suspected drug.

    2] Some drugs are much more widely used than others.

    3] Certain drugs are used only when a patient is critically ill.

    4] Due to under-reporting, it is impossible to project true rates of adverse reactions based on the
    information captured by CADRIS.

    5] To better understand the data, educate yourself about the uses of drugs involved in the
    returned cases.

    6] Risk of an adverse drug reaction increases with the number of medications taken by a patient."

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    'nuff said.
     
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