Drugs in the news: how well do Canadian newspapers report the good, the bad and the ugly of new prescription drugs?

Text Size: Normal / Medium / Large
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Resource Language: 
Media Type: 
Alan Cassels
Merrilee Atina Hughes
Carol Cole
Barbara Mintzes
Joel Lexchin
James McCormack
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - British Columbia
Publication Date: 
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Examines whether Canadians can rely on daily newspapers to provide them with accuracte, credible information about new drugs. Demonstrates that newspaper articles more often emphasized the benefits of new drugs, paying less attention to possible harms, regardless of the length of the article and often failed to distinguish between real clinical benefits of a drug and merely changes in some measurement that is only a risk factor for disease. States that journalists and media outlets must ensure that when a new drug arrives on the scene, the Canadian public gets the full story of new pharmaceuticals.

ISBN 088627284X