Category Public Health

For Profit Human Donor Milk in Canada?

Martha Paynter supports an altruistic model of human milk donation and calls for improved regulation of human milk donation to ensure equity of access, safer milk sharing, and guard against for-profit milk banking.

Pharmacare: Improving Access to Expensive Drugs

Marc-André Gagnon dispels misconceptions about the benefits of private health insurance plans and argues in favour of a universal model for pharmacare.

Beware: Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Ads

Andrea Frydl cautions Canadians about the harms of direct-to-consumer advertising for pharmaceuticals and offers advice for health care providers and policy makers.

In Support of Breastfeeding

Martha Paynter supports the World Health Assembly’s resolution on breastfeeding and calls for grassroots action to improve education, care, support and pride related to breastfeeding.

Clean Needle Pilot Programs at 2 Federal Prisons

Chelsea Cox comments on the introduction of two clean needle exchange pilot programs in Canadian prisons.

Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

Matthew Herder considers possible regulatory responses to the opioid epidemic that aim to recover health care costs, compensate survivors, or prosecute pharmaceutical companies.

Legal Marijuana & Necessary Amnesty

Martha Paynter questions whether the discriminatory legacy of gendered and racialized incarceration for drug possession offences can be repaired considering the upcoming legalization of marijuana.