OTTAWA - Today's Supreme Court ruling on private health care, while applying only to Quebec, highlights the urgent need for all governments to move swiftly and decisively to strengthen public health care.
"This ruling, while disappointing, is far from a license to privatize," said CUPE National President Paul Moist. "It is a reminder that if public health care is properly managed and administered, bans on private health care can withstand a Charter challenge."
"Prince Edward Island, a small province on Canada's East Coast, says it is too expensive to operate the hotline around the clock. Starting June 1, it will be open only between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The hotline cost about C$30,000 ($24,000) a year to run."
A 63 year old man has been sitting on top of a tree since Wed. May 11th at 6pm and refuses to come down until WCB reverses their decision on his case.
United States stands alone in denying health rights
"OK we all know this but now it's official. 'The right of everyone to the
enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental
health' is 'not an immediate entitlement to a citizen' in the United
States. The U.S. stands alone in denying that right."
(At least on paper)
CMAJ November 23, 2004; 171 (11). doi:10.1503/cmaj.1041446.
Transparency in Drug Regulation: Mirage or Oasis?
AND e-Letter Response by Diane C Gorman, Health Canada.
The reality which forms the base of the article by Joel Lexchin and Barbara Mintzes makes moot any Health care professional honour code. Because to prescribe medical intervention based upon beliefs (dogma) in the matter of efficacy and safety - instead of evidence (transparency and independent over-sight of all the facts) based upon objective science about same - is without authority, complementarity, justifiability, nor honesty in advertising/editorial policy BUT it has total confidentiality of/by/for/with the for-profit Health care industry. Specific to the "Mental Health" industry this would necessarily include professional, institutional, Federal/Provincial government and corporate (PhRMA).
Washington, DC - In the wake of the recent cancellation of the CHEERS study in which parents were to be paid to expose their infant children to pesticides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a new policy that encourages the same type of human dosing studies by industry. Today EPA closes public comment on its "no safeguards" policy of accepting all human subject experiments submitted by industry, according to a filing today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
Sepp Hasslberger; Networking For A Better Future
News and perspectives you may not find in the media
Pharma interests have united with mental health organizations to push through legislation that would require mandatory testing and forced administration of drugs to kids in schools - without their parents' consent. http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2004/06/23/bush_to_impose_psychiatric_drug_regime.htm
Rep. Ron Paul, MD has introduced a bill that would prevent such an eventuality. http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul232.html
If you live in the United States, please read on to see what you can do to protect your children. (If you live in Canada, please read on to see what the dominant culture alternative to diverse multicultural options are and can become...) (Parenthesis mine-Katie Hill)
By Evelyn Pringle - Online Journal Contributing Writer
April 25, 2005--At an FDA hearing on the safety of psychotropic drugs on Feb 2, dozens of despondent parents testified that their children had committed suicide or other violent acts after being prescribed the same drugs that are being marketed in the Bush-backed pharmaceutical industry schemes aimed at recruiting the nations 52 million school children as customers.
In July 2003, the Bush appointed New Freedoms Commission on Mental Health (NFC)recommended screening all children for mental illness and designated TeenScreen as a model program to ensure that every student receives a mental health check-up before finishing high school.
By Melissa Davis,
5/10/2005 7:16 AM EDT
This spring,Jeff Weise shot himself dead after taking the popular antidepressant Prozac. He scored national headlines because he took nine innocent people down with him in the worst school shooting rampage since Columbine. Some now wonder whether Weise's antidepressant -- rather than depression itself -- may have finally pushed the troubled teenager over the edge. After all, unstable Prozac users have been pulling the trigger for years.
Joseph Wesbecker killed himself and eight others while taking Prozac back in the late 1980s, when the still-new drug was viewed as a miracle cure for depression. Relatives of the survivors blamed Prozac and sued its maker, Eli Lilly (LLY:NYSE), for damages. That case,which ended in a settlement,began to expose serious problems with drug research that have grown even more obvious over time.
Health Canada Endorsed Important Safety Information on Xigris
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Health Professional Communication
Health Professional or Consumer Advisories for health products are posted on Health Canada's Web site...These include advisories issued by the Marketed Health Products Directorate(MHPD), the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD), the Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate (BGTD) of Health Canada and those prepared in collaboration with the Directorates and issued by industry.
The Wall Street Journal - May 6, 2005 5:00 p.m. EDT
By JENNIFER CORBETT DOOREN, DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration said Friday a Pfizer Inc. advertisement for its antidepressant Zoloft omitted information about the risk of suicide.
"This ad is concerning from a public health perspective because it fails to include a serious risk associated with the drug," the FDA said in a letter to Pfizer. The letter was posted on the FDA's Web site.
by Don Weitz
Don Weitz is a psychiatric survivor, antipsychiatry and antipoverty activist in Toronto. He is co-founder of the former antipsychiatry magazine Phoenix Rising, former board member of Support Coalition International (a coalition of approximately 100 survivor and human rights advocacy organizations in 14 countries), and co-founder of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA). He is also host-producer of "Antipsychiatry Radio" on CKLN (88.1FM) in Toronto. This unique program airs around 6:30pm on the last Friday every month.
"AIDS campaigners have welcomed a decision by Brazil to turn down US funds because of a clause in the agreement condemning prostitution."
By Gary Scott, Staff Writer; Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - PASADENA --
California now spends more than $4 billion a year on prescription drugs, and one Democratic law maker says it is time for the companies reaping the profits to make an accounting.
Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, has introduced a bill that would require pharmaceutical companies doing business with the state to reveal how much they spend on marketing each year relative to what they spend on research. Scott said the state has the right to know if sky rocketing drug prices are due to massive investments in research, as the pharmaceutical companies contend, or massive investments in television advertising to sell the popular medications.
Bitter Pills by E. Jane Garland,
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC
Medicines out of control - Anti-depressants and the Conspiracy of Goodwill,
Charles Medawar, Anita Hardon Amsterdam: Aksant; 2004 260 pp ISBN 90 5260 134 8
From its provocative title, this "narrative about a drug crisis still in the making" proceeds to an analysis of the history of various mood-soothing medicines (opium, cocaine, barbiturates, benzodiazepines and, most recently, SSRIs), whose unexpected adverse effects and potential to induce dependence were either ignored or denied. The content is both controversial and compelling.