OxyContin was developed by Purdue Pharma Canada. It is used as a pain killer medication, but since it’s release on to the market it has caused massive addiction and black market problems. Like the majority of pain killers, Oxycontin is highly addictive. We learned about this while working on the film Big Pharma’s OxyContin Agenda.
The original drug OxyContin was discontinued earlier this year and replaced with OxyNEO. Which is basically the same drug, but is said to be harder to crush and extract oxycodone from. Purdue Pharma’s patent on the original OxyContin formula expires on Nov. 25. Which will open the door for a variety of drug suppliers to create and sell cheaper generic brands of OxyContin.
Many people have called for the drug to be outright banned and even many Provincial health ministers have asked to delay the release of generic OxyContin.
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq has responded to these requests, by stating that there’s nothing in the Food and Drugs Act that indicates she could withhold the approval of generic OxyContin if the formula is considered “safe and effective” when taken as recommended.
I personally find this response from “our” Health Minister to be offensive, and a blatant slap in the face to logic. Last week we covered the lawsuit that has been filed against Health Canada which states that the Food and Drug act is treating foods, as drugs and banning hundreds of safe and effective natural health products from being sold in Canada. However, how pathetic is it, when it comes to a pharmaceutical drug, that is destroying peoples lives and yes even killing them, that Health Canada and/or the food and drug act does not have the ability to protect Canadians from it?
This misuse of the act and failures of Health Canada.solidify, what I have known for a very long time (along with many others). Big Pharma companies have Health Canada in their back pocket, and this becomes more evident with every day that passes.
Health Canada is a federal institution that NEEDS to be disbanded and rebuilt. A new Health Canada that truly puts the health of the Canadian people before the corporate interests and profit of the pharmaceutical industry would be a good place to start.