This CBC video presents “Chemotherapy error.”

  • On 2 April 2013, CBC reported that more than 1,000 cancer patients in Ontario and New Brunswick, Canada, may have received chemotherapy cocktails that were watered down.

CBC News: "Watered down chemo drugs given to 1,200 cancer patients" in five hospitals in Canada.

CBC News: “Watered down chemo drugs given to 1,200 cancer patients” in five hospitals in Canada.

Since the discovery of under-dosing of chemotherapy drugs at four Ontario hospitals and one in New Brunswick, the Ontario government’s response include the following actions.

This video presents “OXY “:

  • Oxycontin Concerns
    • Ontario’s Health Minister Deb Matthews is “profoundly disappointed” with the federal government’s decision to refuse to stop the generic form of oxycontin pills from entering the market

    • But as CTV’s Cristina Howorun tells us Canada’s Health Minister says there’s nothing she can do about it

    • This video was published on Nov 20, 2012, by

Ontario Proposes Regulations to Limit Access to Generic OxyContin Unless It is Tamper-Resistant

Ontario Proposes Regulations to Limit Access to Generic OxyContin Unless It is Tamper-Resistant

OxyContin is the brand name of Oxycodone which is an active ingredient in highly addictive analgesic medications for the relief of moderate to severe pain that requires the continuous use of an opioid analgesic preparation for several days or more.

  • OxyContin is Purdue Pharma’s brand for time-release oral oxycodone
  • On March 1, 2012,  Purdue Pharma  withdrew its current formulation of oxycodone controlled release (long acting) tablet, OxyContin (i.e., the manufacturer stopped distributing OxyContin into the Canadian market), and introduced tamper-resistant OxyNEO tablets
    • OxyNEO is more difficult to crush for the purpose of use and abuse

“Prescription narcotic abuse has destroyed the lives of too many Ontarians. These regulations will save lives and prevent addiction. While these steps help limit access, a ban on generic Oxycontin remains the single most effective way to prevent the devastating impact that this drug can have on families. That’s why I continue to join my provincial counterparts, doctors, pharmacists, police and First Nations leaders in calling on the federal government to reconsider their decision. ”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care

The federal government has decided to reintroduce generic Oxycontin which is the more easily abused version of OxyContin.

In response, Ontario has already removed easily abused OxyContin from the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary and placed tamper-resistant OxyNeo in the Exceptional Access Program.

However, the provincial government believes that the cost to society of the reintroduction of the more easily abused version of OxyContin far outweighs the financial benefits of the reduced generic price for the following reasons:

  • A recent study found that the annual social costs from OxyContin abuse could be as high as $318 million in Ontario, and $504 million nationwide
  • The addition of oxycodone controlled-release tablets to the Ontario drug formulary was associated with a five-fold increase in oxycodone-related mortality and a 41 per cent increase in overall opioid-related mortality

Presently, Ontario is proposing the following regulations to amend the Ontario Drug Benefit Act and the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act to limit access to generic OxyContin unless it is tamper-resistant:

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Ontario Drug Benefit 2012: To Classify Wealthiest Seniors as New Five Per Cent in August 2014

Ontario Drug Benefit 2012: To Classify Wealthiest Seniors as New Five Per Cent in August 2014

You may have heard in the news about the one per cent social class as well as the 99 per cent social class. It’s my understanding that these statistical figures really apply to the US.

However, the Canadian figures in Ontario are slightly different and will soon include:

  • Five per cent of Canadian seniors as the wealthiest seniors
  • Plus three per cent of the remaining Canadian seniors are lower-income seniors
  • Plus 92 per cent of the remaining Canadian seniors
  • There are about 1.9 million seniors living in Ontario

Now, you can add the new five percent (and 95 percent) to the Canadian vernacular regarding social classes in Ontario, according to the following proposed changes to the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program:

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All Canadians in Ontario will have electronic health records by 2015.

Currently, more than 7,000 doctors – caring for 6.5 million Ontarians – are participating in the Electronic Medical Records program.

Furthermore, patients will own their electronic health records which will allow them to take better control of their health.

These relatively new ehealth initiatives as outlined in the 2011 eHealth Progress Report will provide the following benefits for all involved because effective and efficient electronic health info management by doctors saves lives and money, and improves patient care:

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2,730 people were evacuated from communities threatened by more than 100 forest fires in Northwestern Ontario.

Yesterday, the evacuees were arriving at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto from Thunder Bay enroute to host communities across Southern Ontario.

A media centre was being set up at the Lester B. Pearson International to provide information on evacuation operations.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) will be arriving in Thunder Bay and operational by today, Friday, July 22 to:

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