For your Saturday morning reading pleasure, here are two articles following up on my dichloroacetate (DCA) and bogus internet pharmacy death posts this week. Each was recommended by my clandestine operative from the Great White North, PharmCanuck:
Canadian cancer society warns of untested drug
Heather Logan, the director of cancer control policy at the society who trained as a nurse, has worked with people fighting to prolong their lives. Logan said she sympathizes with those who are buying the drug and mixing it at home as a last resort, but stresses there are serious safety concerns.
“The challenge is with this drug, we don’t actually know whether this may hasten their death, and it may also seriously impact their quality of life for the months that they have remaining,” Logan told CBC Newsworld on Thursday.
In the United States, an FDA investigation found that 85 per cent of drugs being funnelled into the country purporting to be from Canadian pharmacies were in fact shipped from 27 other countries around globe. A number of the products were also determined to be counterfeit medications.
Legitimate Canadian pharmacies that sell drugs online will indicate they are licensed under a provincial college and will provide contact information for the store and its manager.