February 10, 2015 18:28 ET

Minister's Announcement on Mandatory Drug Shortage Reporting a Great Step

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 10, 2015) - HealthCareCAN members, Canada's hospitals and healthcare organizations, applaud today's announcement by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, that the federal government is advancing regulations that will require drug manufacturers to publicly report drug shortages.

"Medications are a vital part of the health care delivery process," said Bill Tholl, President and CEO. "It's unacceptable that the health and safety of Canadians could be compromised by not being able to access needed drugs. We must do everything we can to anticipate, manage and avoid essential drug shortages."

HealthCareCAN looks forward to working with Health Canada on the regulations for Bill C-17, Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa's Law), as part of an overall strategy for patient safety.

HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations across Canada. We foster informed and continuous, results-oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. We act with others to enhance the health of the people of Canada; to build the capability for high quality care; and to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs.

Learn more about our organization at Follow us on Twitter: @HealthCareCAN.

Contact Information

  • For further information and/or to arrange an interview:
    Ms. Teresa Neuman, Senior Communications Specialist
    (613) 241-8005, Extension 205
    Mobile: (613) 282-6003