Backgrounders, Pharmaceutical Policy

Backgrounder: Canada’s prescription opioid crisis Backgrounder: Canada’s prescription opioid crisis
By Ann Silversides

“The misuse of opioids has grown exponentially with devastating consequences” – First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis (Canadian Council on Substance Abuse, 2013).

Backgrounder: The Autism-vaccine story: Fiction and deception
By Mike Allan and Noah Ivers

Is there any link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism?

Backgrounder: Pharmaceutical policy in Canada

Pharmaceutical costs have been rising dramatically over the past three decades, both in real terms and as a component of health care spending. In 2012, Canadians spent $947 per capita a year on pharmaceuticals, up from $147 per capita in 1985.


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