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Dennis Dawson

The Hon. Dennis  Dawson, B.A., M.B.A. Senator Dennis Dawson was elected as one of the youngest members of Parliament in Canadian history where he served his constituents of Louis-Hébert for three consecutive terms. He was appointed to the Senate on August 2, 2005, and represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Lauzon.

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Drug Shortages

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Statement made on 14 March 2012 by Senator Jane Cordy

Hon. Jane Cordy:

There is great concern among Canadians about the increasing number of drug shortages in Canada. Sandoz, the Canadian drug manufacturing company, was told by the U.S. FDA in July of 2009 that it had breached manufacturing standards regarding aseptic and contamination processes regarding crystallization in intravenous products. However, the minister who stated that the department inspects plants did not bother to follow up on this at the time. The fact that the minister says that she found out about the concerns and the possible shortage of drugs only in November of 2011 is frightening.

In 2010, the Canadian Pharmacists Association wrote a report warning of drug shortages. At that time, over 90 per cent of pharmacists said they were having trouble with drug shortages. More than a year ago, about 74 per cent of Canadian doctors said they were encountering shortages of generic drugs.

What did the minister do? She set up a voluntary system. Why? Why is this minister not showing any leadership? Why is this minister not standing up for Canadians?

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