There was a time when drug companies produced and marketed mainly medicines and medical devices. Today, the industry’s critics argue that those companies also create and market the diseases themselves.
And according to Anne Rochon Ford, when that happens — and when things go wrong — the people whose health is most likely to be compromised are women. Anne Rochon Ford is the co-editor of The Push To Prescribe: Women and Canadian Drug Policy. She’s also the coordinator of Women and Health Protection, a national committee that is funded at arms length by Health Canada, to provide advice on the safety of prescription medicine. Anne Rochon was in Toronto.