Tuesday, November 21, 2017

On the 20th anniversary of Canada's tainted blood inquiry, documents reveal the federal government worked with private pharmaceutical industry to undermine Krever's landmark recommendations

PRESS RELEASE

On the 20th anniversary of Canada's tainted blood inquiry, documents reveal the federal government worked with private pharmaceutical industry to undermine Krever's landmark recommendations  
Tuesday November 21, 2017 (OTTAWA) - On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Krever Inquiry into the tainted blood scandal, parliamentarians, health advocates and health professionals gathered in Ottawa to call on the Trudeau government to uphold the landmark Krever Inquiry and rescind licenses granted to private, for-profit blood collection clinics that are selling Canadian blood abroad.

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request* implicate Health Canada in working with the private blood broker's unregistered lobbyist for years in the lead up to obtaining operating licenses, despite pan-Canadian opposition. The controversial private clinics were banned from operating in Ontario and Alberta to protect the blood supply.  

"These documents demonstrate a wanton disregard for the security of the Canadian blood supply. It is alarming that a lobbyist and the private pharmaceutical industry would be given an all access pass to make policy decisions on behalf of the Canadian public," said Kat Lanteigne, Executive Director and CoFounder of BloodWatch. "Prime Minister Trudeau must step in and direct Health Canada to rescind licenses granted to Canadian Plasma Resources immediately."

Canadian Blood Services (CBS), the public agency created in the wake of the Krever Inquiry, reported a decline in voluntary donors where the first private clinic opened in Saskatoon. CBS has issued multiple warnings to Health Canada and provincial governments to end support for the private collectors, citing a major risk to the security of Canada's blood supply.

"In New Brunswick, we've witnessed first-hand how private blood brokers threaten our fragile blood system," said Paula Doucet, President of the New Brunswick Nurses Union. "Without any public consultation, Health Canada licensed a for-profit clinic in Moncton that is located close to the University, competing directly with our public system for the next generation of blood donors." 

There are plans to open a third private clinic in Saint John, N.B., with more expansion plans for Manitoba, Nova Scotia and B.C.

"The introduction of private, for-profit plasma collection sites is threatening CBS' ability to collect enough plasma to meet Canadian need," said Adrienne Silnicki, National Director, Policy and Advocacy, Canadian Health Coalition. "The federal Health Minister must support our public blood collector and reject those trying to profit off the blood of Canadians."

BloodWatch is calling for an official apology from the Prime Minister to those who received tainted blood, federal recognition of November 26 as the day the Krever Report was tabled in the House of Commons and immediate action to rescind the licenses of all for-profit blood clinics.

An estimated 8,000 lives have been lost due to Canada's tainted blood tragedy.

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For further information please contact: 

Adrienne Silnicki, National Director, Policy and Advocacy: (613) 402-6793, asilnicki@healthcoalition.ca

Lauren Snowball,Communications Officer, CFNU: (613) 868-5702
Kat Lanteigne, Executive Director and CoFounder, BloodWatch: (647) 272-7381 

Paula Doucet, President, New Brunswick Nurses Union: (506) 543-2255
*For access to the documents obtained through the Freedom of Information request, please email info@bloodwatch.org
The Canadian Health Coalition is a public advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of Medicare. You can learn more about our work at healthcoalition.ca

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Alors que l'Enquête sur le scandale du sang contaminé au Canada fête ses 20 ans, des documents révèlent que le gouvernement fédéral a collaboré avec l'industrie pharmaceutique privée et est allé à l'encontre des recommandations charnières du rapport Krever
Mardi, 21 novembre 2017 (OTTAWA) - À la veille du 20e anniversaire de l'Enquête Krever sur le scandale du sang contaminé, des parlementaires, des défenseurs des soins de santé et des professionnels de la santé se sont rendus à Ottawa pour demander au gouvernement Trudeau de respecter les recommandations de l'Enquête Krever, et de retirer les permis accordés aux cliniques privées à but lucratif de collecte de sang, qui vendent le sang canadien à l'étranger.

Des documents obtenus dans le cadre d'une demande d'accès à l'information* indiquent que, depuis des années, Santé Canada a collaboré avec des lobbyistes non enregistrés du secteur des cliniques privées de collecte de sang avant de leur accorder des permis, et cela malgré l'opposition manifestée dans tout le pays. Ces cliniques privées controversées ont été interdites en Ontario et en Alberta afin de protéger nos réserves en sang.  

« Ces documents témoignent d'une insouciance totale envers la sécurité des réserves de sang du Canada. C'est alarmant de constater qu'on puisse donner à des lobbyistes et à l'industrie pharmaceutique privée le pouvoir de prendre des décisions stratégiques au nom de la population canadienne », souligne Kat Lanteigne, directrice générale et co-fondatrice de BloodWatch. « Le premier ministre Trudeau doit intervenir et ordonner à Santé Canada de retirer immédiatement les permis accordés à Canadian Plasma Resources. »

La Société canadienne du sang (SCS), agence publique créée dans la foulée de l'Enquête Krever, fait état d'un déclin du nombre de donneurs volontaires à Saskatoon où la première clinique privée a ouvert ses portes. Plusieurs fois, la SCS a mis en garde Santé Canada et les gouvernements provinciaux, et leur a demandé de cesser leur appui aux cliniques privées de collecte du sang, précisant le risque important à la sécurité des réserves de sang du Canada.

« Au Nouveau-Brunswick, nous sommes directement témoins de la menace, engendrée par les compagnies privées de collecte de sang, à notre système fragile de collecte de sang », souligne Paula Doucet, présidente du Syndicat des infirmières et infirmiers du Nouveau-Brunswick. « Sans consultations publiques, Santé Canada a accordé un permis à une compagnie privée qui a ouvert ses portes à Moncton, près de l'Université, et qui est en concurrence directe avec notre système public pour recruter la prochaine génération de donneurs de sang. »

On prévoit ouvrir une troisième clinique privée à Saint-Jean (N.-B.), ainsi que d'autres au Manitoba, en Nouvelle-Écosse et en Colombie-Britannique.

« L'ouverture de cliniques privées à but lucratif rémunérant les donneurs de plasma menace la capacité de la SCS de recueillir suffisamment de plasma pour répondre aux besoins de la population canadienne », précise Adrienne Silnicki, directrice nationale, politiques et défenses des droits, Coalition canadienne de la santé. « La ministre fédérale de la Santé doit donner son appui au système public de collecte du sang, et rejeter ceux qui essaient de faire des profits avec le sang des personnes du Canada. »
BloodWatch demande au premier ministre de s'excuser officiellement auprès des personnes ayant reçu du sang contaminé, de reconnaître le 26 novembre comme la journée du dépôt du Rapport Krever à la Chambre des communes, et d'agir immédiatement pour retirer les permis accordés à toutes les cliniques privées à but lucratif de collecte de sang.

On estime à 8 000 le nombre de vies perdues au Canada en raison de la tragédie du sang contaminé.
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Pour en savoir davantage, communiquez avec : 

Adrienne Silnicki, directrice nationale, politiques et défense des droits, Coalition canadienne de la santé, 613-402-6793 
Lauren Snowball,agente des communications, Fédération canadienne des syndicats d'infirmières et d'infirmiers, 613-868-5702
Kat Lanteigne, directrice générale et co-fondatrice de BloodWatch, 647-272-7381

Paula Doucet, présidente, Syndicat des infirmières et infirmiers du Nouveau-Brunswick, 506-543-2255

*Pour consulter les documents obtenus dans le cadre d'une demande d'accès à l'information, envoyez un courriel à info@bloodwatch.org

La Coalition canadienne de la santé est une organisation publique de défense des droits qui lutte pour préserver et améliorer le régime public d'assurance-maladie. Pour en savoir davantage sur notre travail : coalitionsanté.ca

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CARCINOGENS IN COSMETICS



The laws governing cosmetics and personal care products are so limited that known cancer-causing chemicals, or carcinogens, are legally allowed in personal care products. Some carcinogens, such as formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, are common in personal care products, while others are less common, but still occasionally present.
FOUND IN: A wide variety of products, depending upon the ingredient

HOW CAN YOU AVOID CARCINOGENS IN COSMETICS?

Read labels and avoid cosmetics and personal care products containing formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol), phenacetin, coal tar, benzene, untreated or mildly treated mineral oils, ethylene oxide, chromium, cadmium and its compounds, arsenic and crystalline silica (or quartz).
HEALTH CONCERNS: Cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, bioaccumulation, ecotoxicity.
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: All
REGULATIONS: Formaldehyde is prohibited in Japan,[1] and restricted in the EU;[2] coal tar is prohibited in the EU;[3] benzene is prohibited in the EU;[4]  ethylene oxide is prohibited in the EU;[5] chromium is prohibited in the EU; [6] cadmium compounds are prohibited in Japan[7] and the EU;[8] arsenic is prohibited in the EU.[9]
Where do we find those known human carcinogenic chemicals?The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is an intergovernmental agency, and part of the World Health Organization. IARC’s mission is to enhance collaboration in cancer research internationally.[10]
IARC consolidates scientific evidence and classifies the chemicals it reviews into five levels:[11]
  • Group 1: Carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 2A: Probably carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 2B: Possibly carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 3: Not classifiable as to their carcinogenicity to humans
  • Group 4: Probably not carcinogenic to humans.
Of the 113 agents listed by IARC as known human carcinogens (Groups 1), at least 11 have been or are currently used in personal care products: formaldehyde, phenacetin, coal tar, benzene, untreated or mildly treated mineral oils, methylene glycol, ethylene oxide, chromium, cadmium and its compounds, arsenic, and crystalline silica or quartz.[12]
Carcinogens in personal care products: Chemicals and their health concerns?
FormaldehydePhenacetinCoal TarBenzene Mineral oils (untreated and mildly treated)Ethylene oxide Heavy MetalsCadmium and its compoundsArsenicChromium Silica 

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