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Newspapers highlight benefits of new drugs, ignore risks: consumers aren't getting balanced information about new prescription

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English
Owning Org: 
Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Media Type: 
Paper
Online
Author: 
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Publisher: 
Le Réseau/Network
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Summarizes findings of a report, "Drugs in the News," that found that newspaper articles more often emphasize the benefits of new drugs, while little attention is paid to possible harms. Includes a listing of known risks of new prescription drugs that are not listed in media reports, such as drug indications and contraindications, clinical benefits and harms, costs, etc.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ISSN 14800039

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

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English
Media Type: 
Paper
Online
Author: 
Alan Cassels
Merrilee Atina Hughes
Carol Cole
Barbara Mintzes
Joel Lexchin
James McCormack
Publisher: 
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - British Columbia
Publication Date: 
2003
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.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ISBN 088627284X

St. Catherine’s Standard

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NGO - Non Government Organization
Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
905-684-7251
Secondary Telephone: 
905-684-7251ext. 367
Fax Number: 
905-684-6032
Street Address: 
17 Queens St
City: 
St. Catherines
Province: 
Ontario
Postal/ZIP Code: 
L2R 5G5
Internal Notes : 
url (bcollins@scs.southam.ca) does not appear valid, changed to current link.

Sault Star

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Organization Type: 
NGO - Non Government Organization
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Primary Telephone: 
705-759-3030
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Fax Number: 
705-674-0624
Street Address: 
145 Old Garden River Rd
City: 
Sault Ste Marie
Province: 
Ontario
Postal/ZIP Code: 
P6A 5M5
Internal Notes : 
url (editoria@thesudburystar.com) does not appear valid, changed to current link.

Public Citizen

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Private foundation

Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Since our founding in 1971, we have delved into an array of areas, but our work on each issue shares an overarching goal: To ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.

Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
202-588-1000
Street Address: 
1600 20th ST NW
City: 
Washington
Province: 
District of Columbia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
20009
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Found multiple addresses: -- street: "1600 20th ST NW" -- street2: "" -- city: "Washington" -- province: "District of Columbia" -- postalcode: "20009" -- country: "United States Of America" Found multiple addresses: -- street: "1600 20th ST NW" -- street2: "" -- city: "Washington" -- province: "District of Columbia" -- postalcode: "20009" -- country: "United States Of America" Empty record

Timmins News

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Organization Type: 
NGO - Non Government Organization
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Primary Telephone: 
705-268-5050
Secondary Telephone: 
705-268-5050
Email Address: 
tdp@nt.net
Fax Number: 
705-268-7373
Street Address: 
187 Cedar South
City: 
Timmins
Province: 
Ontario
Postal/ZIP Code: 
P4N 7G1
Internal Notes : 
url (tdpnews@vianet.ca) does not appear valid, changed to current link

Montreal Gazette

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Organization Type: 
NGO - Non Government Organization
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Primary Telephone: 
514-987-2350
Secondary Telephone: 
514-987-2508
Fax Number: 
514-987-2323
Street Address: 
1010 Ste-Catherine St. West
Addt'l Street Address: 
Suite 200
City: 
Montreal
Province: 
Québec
Postal/ZIP Code: 
H3B 5L1
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url (dneenza@thegazzette.southam.ca) does not appear valid, changed to curretn link

Moncton Times and Transcripts

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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Primary Telephone: 
506-859-4919
Secondary Telephone: 
506-859-7120
Fax Number: 
506-859-4904
Street Address: 
PO BOX 1001
Addt'l Street Address: 
939 Main St
City: 
Moncton
Province: 
New Brunswick
Postal/ZIP Code: 
E1C 8P3
Internal Notes : 
url (life@timestranscript.com) does not appear valid, changed to current link

Cape Breton Post

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Organization Type: 
NGO - Non Government Organization
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Primary Telephone: 
902-564-54-51
Secondary Telephone: 
902-563-3643
Fax Number: 
902-562-7077
Street Address: 
PO BOX 1500
Addt'l Street Address: 
255 George St
City: 
Sydney
Province: 
Nova Scotia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
B1P 6K6
Internal Notes : 
url (l.munroe@cbpost.com) does not appear valid, changed to current link

Amherst Daily News/ The Citizen

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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Primary Telephone: 
902-667-5120
Secondary Telephone: 
902-667-5120 ext. 230
Street Address: 
10 Lawrence St
City: 
Amherst
Province: 
Nova Scotia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
B4H 3G5
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url (johnconrad@cumberlandpublishing.com) does not appear valid, changed to current link
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