Unethical behaviour by the pharmaceutical industry is putting Canadian children’s lives at risk, suggests editorial

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 16 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3787
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Calgary

Canada needs strict legislation, similar to that in the United States, to protect Canadian children from harm due to medication errors and mistreatment, an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal recommends (CMAJ 2011;183:994-5, doi:10.1503/cmaj.110563).

Health professionals in Canada do not have access to the same body of evidence regarding paediatric dosing that their colleagues in Europe and the United States do, according to the journal’s editor-in-chief Dr Paul Hébert and his coauthors.

Canadian doctors frequently have limited access to accurate, safe prescribing information about paediatric drugs, explain the authors. …

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