NDP MP says Health Canada resignations show industry has too much sway

Ottawa –

NDP health commentator Don Davis said the resignation of the scientific adviser to the federal pesticide regulator was another example of how industry has too much influence in Health Canada.

Dr. Bruce Lampheer, a professor of health sciences at Simon Fraser University, stepped down as co-chair of Health Canada’s scientific advisory panel on pest control products late last month.

He cited concerns about the role the pesticide industry plays in the regulatory process, noting a preference for industry-provided data over broader independent research.

Davis noted that Canada’s drug pricing agency’s director and executive director also resigned in February, arguing that industry pressure has stalled reforms to bring down the cost of patented drugs.

The office of Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos did not comment on Davis’ remarks.

Health Canada said the Pest Control and Regulatory Agency receives advice from a scientific advisory board, academics, pesticide manufacturers, growers and environmental and health groups.

This report by the Canadian Press Agency was first published on July 19, 2023.

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