The Conservative government’s poor record on drug safety



House of Commons


April 30, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, we just hear more and more excuses. The fact is that drug safety is a federal responsibility. This negligence puts Canadians’ health in jeopardy.

Let us be clear, one of the companies that supplied diluted cancer drugs did approach Health Canada officials. Their response was, “We’re not responsible”.

This means there is no oversight, and who knows how many other companies are operating like this in Canada. Does the minister even know?

When will the Conservatives finally bring in comprehensive drug safety measures for Canadians?

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, the federal government proposed an interim solution while the provincial government is examining the jurisdictional question surrounding the drug service providers. Marchese has never applied for federal regulatory approval.

We have put forward an interim solution while the committee is examining the jurisdictional issue.  We plan on working closely with the provincial and territorial governments to ensure that this matter is addressed.