CHEMOTHERAPY DRUG OVERSIGHT NOW IN PLACE

May 15, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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At Queen’s Park the Wynne Liberals say they’ve closed a gap in oversight after about 12-hundred people in two provinces  received diluted chemotherapy drugs.

They say that starting today the government will ensure hospitals will purchase drugs only from accredited, licensed or otherwise approved suppliers.

They say the Ontario College of Pharmacists will also be responsible to inspect drug preparation facilities  where pharmacists and pharmacy technicians practice.

Marchese Hospital Solutions prepared the drug-and-saline mixture that was given to four hospitals here in Ontario and one in New Brunswick.

Health Canada and the Ontario government have acknowledged that there was no oversight of the company.

Health Canada has also taken steps to close the oversight gap in the wake of the drug scare.

Some people being treated for cancer  were receiving the diluted drugs for as long as a year.

 

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