• Health Canada, Facing Budget Cuts, Lays off Hundreds of Employees

    Health Canada is facing the prospect of dire budget cuts after national austerity measures called for more than $5.2 billion to be cut from the Canadian federal budget, reports The Globe and Mail . Health Canada is facing a budget shortfall of $200 million per year, and notified its staff in early April that it may need to lay off approximately 840 staff to close the gap. Those staff reductions have reportedly already started, with notifications going out to 715 Health...
  • Health Canada Accelerating Approvals to Ease Drug Shortages

    Health Canada announced last week that it will expedite the review of 23 new drug applications (NDAs) in order to ease a growing shortage of medicines, reports Pharma Times . Federal Health Minister Leona Agukkag said Health Canada hopes to review the drugs within a one-month timeframe instead of the six-month timeframe that reviews normally take. The problem highlights the unintended consequences of bulk purchasing, remarked a spokesman for Health Canada. Bulk purchas...
  • Canadian Drug Shortages Lead to Calls for Regulation

    Canadian is increasingly facing a problem widespread in the US: drug shortages. The issue, described as 'endemic' by The Globe and Mail , has become particularly acute in recent days after a fire at a manufacturing plant owned by Sandoz Canada caught fire. The manufacturing plant was responsible for the production of nearly 90% of all injectable drugs used in Canada, including anesthetics, painkillers, chemotherapy medications and antibiotics. The plant was previously...