The Conservative government has flourished its anti-drug cred again, announcing it will cut off physician access to drugs such as heroin under a program administered by Health Canada.
The Canadian Press reports Health Minister Rona Ambrose attacked her own department for approving the use of heroin under certain circumstances. The government is closing loopholes that Ambrose said are contrary to the program's intent run up against its anti-drug policy.
Health Canada says the special-access program gives doctors access to "non-market" drugs to treat patients with serious or life-threatening conditions when conventional therapies have failed, are unsuitable or unavailable.
"Drugs considered for release by the [special-access program] include pharmaceutical, biologic, and radio-pharmaceutical products not approved for sale in Canada," according to the department's web page on the subject.
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