Feds want to crack down on prescription drug info

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Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:55 PM ET

OTTAWA — Proposed new legislation would force pharmaceutical companies to better advertise potential adverse health effects of drugs and give the government greater powers to penalize companies for violations.

Vanessa's Law was introduced by Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Tory MP Terence Young, whose daughter, Vanessa, died at age 15 as a result of taking prescribed medication for stomach troubles.

The new rules would compel doctors to report adverse side effects of medication to Health Canada and require drug labels to be changed immediately to reflect all new health risk information.

The legislation also would allow the government to force drug companies to conduct further testing when needed.

Most significantly, penalties for unsafe products would be raised from $5,000 a day to $5 million a day and could include jail time.


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