Independent drug watchdog in Canada under funding threat

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1270
  1. Ray Moynihan, Melbourne

An internationally respected drug advisory body based at the University of British Columbia is facing closure after a report to the provincial minister for health called for its “replacement.”

The Therapeutics Initiative ( produces evidence based reviews of drugs for doctors, policy makers, and the public, and the group has strict conflict of interest policies, which guarantee that its findings are as free of industry influence as possible.

A report from a task force of nine, submitted to the health minister of British Columbia last month, claims that although …

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