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Experts Blame Feds for Pharma Corruption

Lauren Vogel

There are many shades of pharma corruption, according to the World Health Organization, from exaggerating or hiding safety and effectiveness data to seeking shortcuts in regulation and bribing
… Corruption is “endemic” because it’s profitable, and companies that “refuse to play the game”
lose their market share, he [Marc-André Gagnon] explained. “Don’t blame the companies,” because it’s up to governments to make sure crime doesn’t pay.

… The government recently passed the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act, also known as Vanessa’s Law, which was designed to bring more transparency to the system. However, implementation of the law’s reforms has stalled.

… “Health Canada is on pharma’s side and that’s unacceptable.”

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