Libby questions the Conservative government’s ignorance of adverse drug reactions


House of Commons


November 1, 2012

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):  

Mr. Speaker, the government has done nothing to investigate reports that people have suffered adverse drug reactions to prescription medications. Sadly some have even died.

It seems astounding that Health Canada is not following up on these critical issues of life and death, nor giving grieving families the answers they need.

These families deserve an explanation and accountability from the minister. What is her response and what will she do to ensure no further deaths occur?

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, CPC):  

Mr. Speaker, our hearts go out to patients who have had adverse drug reactions. Our government has taken a leadership role in working with the provinces and territories to develop ways that we can work with them to address this issue. We do see it as a very significant part of the Canadian health care system.