American drug officials warned Canada about Oxy generics

Pharmacist Steve Bond, in St. Thomas, ON, displays the to-be-discontinued OxyContin on the left and the replacement OxyNeo tablet on the right.



OTTAWA - U.S. drug officials raised concerns about generic forms of OxyContin making it to market in Canada last month but knockoff versions were still given the green light.

Officials from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy and Montana's attorney general relayed concerns to Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq about ripple effects in America, where OxyContin is no longer available.

Pharmacists, medical groups and provincial governments also raised concerns, but six major drug companies were allowed to start producing generic Oxy last Monday following a scientific review by Health Canada.

Aboriginal leaders in northern Ontario have also decried the approval due to an Oxy "epidemic" in their communities.

But Aglukkaq maintains the fed don't have the legal capacity to intervene.

"I think it is fundamentally wrong for politicians to interfere with the approval process of drugs," Aglukkaq said.

The U.S. now only sells a version of the opioid medication called OxyNEO, which is supposed to be more tamper-proof.
Sun News Videos

Mink farming

Nova Scotia produces half of Canada's mink fur.

Feminist 'consent underwear' spark debate

Do consent underwear just change the conversation from 'rape culture' to 'slut culture'?

Afghanistan's upcoming election

With an election rapidly approaching, change is on its way to Afghanistan. Good or bad, the world is watching.

Ezra Levant’s The Source is the most provocative and thought-changing multimedia show in Canada.

This show is 100% focused on the political battles taking place across Canada, in the United States...even around the world.

Michael Coren brings you strong, balanced opinions to challenge conventional thinking.

Byline brings you the stories you won’t hear anywhere else while exploring points of view that are all too often ignored.