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Toronto doctor asks Health Canada about pregnancy drug

When it comes to transparency around prescription drugs, the Star has found drug companies in Canada have influence over what information can be released to the public. A Toronto doctor’s request resulted in 212 of 359 pages being completely censored. Dr. Nav Persaud Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star "It is absurd that the pharmaceutical company that sells Diclectin gets to negotiate in secret with Health Canada about what information will be disclosed to a prescribing doctor,” says Toronto doctor Nav Persaud. OurWindsor.Ca By David Bruser, Jesse McLean, Rachel Mendleson The pregnant patient sitting in Dr. Nav Persaud’s downtown Toronto clinic had questions about a routine prescription. He gave a quick, reassuring answer, but after she left, Persaud wondered if he really knew enough about the drug. A few weeks later, he asked Health Canada for all of the information it had on Diclectin, a popular pill taken for morning sickness endorsed by Sick Kids’ Motherisk and another medical organization. The information, he thought, could help him…

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