Category Public Health

Monopolies on New Medicines & Trade with the U.S.

Deborah Gleeson and Ronald Labonté object to lengthening market exclusivity for biologic medicines in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Thicker than Water: Slow Movement on Blood Policy

Landon J. Getz provides an update on Canadian Blood Services’ progress in updating outmoded policies on gay blood donation.

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.