suffered from a lot of pain so they gave her morphine. Two nurses gave her too
much morphine, the morphine did not help her at all, and instead it killed her.
After the coroner’s inquest the findings were so strong, there was a criminal
investigation and two nurses were charged with Alicia’s death.
•Example of adverse reactions: Montelukast sodium (Singulair), a leukotriene-
receptor antagonist prescribed for treatment of asthma in patients 2 years of age
and older. Monograph warns people about the side effects of depression and
•Just in Canada there were 13 adverse reports about people thinking about
committing suicide, under the Canada health act all necessary drug therapy within
a Canadian hospital setting is insured and publically funded. Once one is
discharged from the hospital, they will have to pay for their own medications.
•In Canada, the federal provincial and territorial government for managing
prescription drugs. At the federal level, health Canada regulates clinical trials.
They look at the quality and effects of medications and the safety of the products,
they control the prices and review patented drugs. Federal government also
provides drug coverage for veterans, first nations and inmates. Health Canada is
also a supporter of research.
•Province and territories provide benefits for seniors, social assistance and certain
people with certain diseases and conditions. The trend has been to foster more
treatment at home. Such as home infusion technology. The goal has been to
prevent lengthy hospital stays to encourage people to be discharged earlier.
• It is also indicated for the relief of symptoms of seasonal allergies in patients 15
years of age and older when other treatments are not effective or not tolerated.
Montelukast has been marketed in Canada since 1997.
•Many times people are not aware of the risk is because people are not reporting
risks to certain drugs and prescriptions.
•Prof is allergic to penicillin; she was prescribed a penicillin derivative that caused
a lot of problems. She was covered in hives from head to two.
Canada's Pharmaceutical Industry
•Pharmaceuticals are a vital component of the Canadian health care system. When
used appropriately, they save lives, treat diseases, and enhance the quality of life
for millions of Canadians. Despite these benefits, pharmaceuticals give rise to a
number of challenges related to safety and effectiveness, access, optimal drug
therapy, and health care system sustainability. Prescription drugs also constitute
the fastest growing and second largest category of health care expenditure in
Canada. Like governments around the world, Canada is faced with the challenge
of optimizing the benefits of prescription drugs for Canadians while managing the
risks and complexities associated with this rapidly evolving sector.