Saturday, May 5, 2018


    More than 4,000 Canadians died last year from opioid overdoses.
    The main culprit for all this death currently is illicit fentanyl, which is 100 times more toxic than morphine. But the root cause of much of this crisis is OxyContin, which was prescribed widely by doctors before it was fully understood just how addictive and subject to abuse it could be.
  In that context, it’s disquieting to know that Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin paid Canadian doctors $2 million in 2016 for services rendered.
    Last year, 10 of Canada’s largest drug companies voluntarily released information showing they paid Canadian doctors nearly $50 million in 2016.
   It’s far from a complete tally: 35 other brand-name pharmaceutical companies and 10 generic drug companies didn’t offer up their payments.

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