Maker of OxyContin Keeps Drug Flowing in Nova Scotia

Marianne Skolek Salem-News.com

They call their efforts “reducing the burden of chronic pain”.

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Purdue Pharma Canada (maker of OxyContin) made a “generous” donation to the QEII Pain Clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the amount of $130,000.

Their support of the treatment of chronic pain is because they claim one in five Nova Scotians suffer from chronic pain.

Below is off the website of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Services Centre in Halifax, recipient of the donation from Purdue Pharma. It’s interesting that the “average wait time” is 3 years.

It’s also interesting to see a reference to the “Pediatric Complex Pain Clinic” at this facility. Since Purdue Pharma violated their probation after their criminal conviction in Federal Court in 2007 by marketing for “pregnancy pain” and the “undertreatment of pain in newborn and pediatric patients”, it might serve the government of Canada to look a little closer at the financial contributions made by Purdue Pharma.

In addition to enhancing the pain clinic, the donation from Purdue Pharma Canada will be used to expand the Nova Scotia Chronic Pain Collaborative Care Network (NSCPCCN) across Canada. http://communitypainnetwork.com/welcome-to-the-nscpccn-website

Interesting enough the Nova Scotia Chronic Pain Collaborative Care Network was set up financially by Purdue Pharma. Maybe instead of funding websites in an effort to push more OxyContin, they should set up drug rehabilitation facilities throughout Canada for the problem they caused by using deceit in the promotion of OxyContin.


Wagners Law Firm in Halifax has filed a class action suit against the maker of OxyContin for the false promotion of the drug which has resulted in an epidemic of addiction and death in Canada. This pattern of addiction, abuse and death repeated itself in Atlantic Canada, particularly in Cape Breton and in Newfoundland and Labrador. The scope of the problem created in Newfoundland and Labrador was discussed in the OxyContin Task Force Final Report, June 30, 2004. The report noted that the bulk of OxyContin on the streets originated with prescriptions generated in Newfoundland and Labrador and has led to an increase in the number of pharmacy break-ins, armed robberies at pharmacies, break-ins at homes targeted for OxyContin, personal robberies with violence, and shoplifting rings operating in St. John’s for the purpose of obtaining OxyContin. There has also been a surge in deaths related to drug overdoses. This report may be found here.


The Nova Scotia Provincial Motto is “One defends and the other conquers.” Hopefully Nova Scotia will not allow Purdue Pharma to “conquer” by pushing more OxyContin on an already acutely over-prescribed OxyContin in Canada because of deceit in the marketing of the drug.


If anyone wants to know the definition of “unethical marketing”, this link may be of interest to you.  Purdue Pharma has certainly earned the dishonor of the title “unethical marketing” of a drug responsible for the destruction of lives in Canada.


Original Article – http://www.salem-news.com/articles/july302011/oxycontin-canadams.php


  • After reading the article above in July of this year when I opened the paper today and saw the article below I immediately got a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach . I cannot imagine giving an opiate painkiller to a child unless they were on their death bed or for a short time after a severe accident or surgery. Can you imagine for chronic pain?? You are just setting them up to be life long opiate addicts. Scary stuff.



MD: Kids must wait too long for pain relief
It takes 8 months to get into IWK program, conference told
By BEVERLEY WARE South Shore Bureau
Sat, Oct 15 – 5:03 AM

It’s unreasonable that children living with chronic pain have to wait months to get proper treatment, says the head of Nova Scotia’s pediatric pain management clinic.

Children, most of them teenagers, must wait eight months to get into the pediatric pain management program at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Dr. Allen Finley said Friday while attending an international conference on pediatric pain that is underway at White Point Beach Resort in Queens County.

“That is way outside what I would describe as acceptable,” he said.

While eight months might not seem like a lot to an adult, it can make a huge difference in the life of a child, especially for a high school student who ends up missing Grade 11 or 12 because of the pain, Finley said.

The waiting period also stresses the parents, some of whom must take time off work to care for their children, he said.

The backlog is caused by the fact the clinic doesn’t have enough staff to handle all the referrals, Finley said.

The centre is comprised of nurses, psychologists, a physiotherapist and doctors, but none of them are full-time employees, he said.

Finley helped organize the conference that began Friday. Nearly 150 delegates from North and South America, Europe, India and Saudi Arabia are attending the three-day event.

Conference speakers are covering topics such as the transition from acute pain to chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, abdominal pain, juvenile arthritis and coping with chronic pain.

Finley believes pediatric pain is under reported in Nova Scotia, though he credits surgeons with increasingly referring children to the IWK program over the past five years.

While that has made the waiting list longer, the clinic is still seeing just “a tiny percentage of the patients we should be seeing,” he said.

And without further research there’s no way of knowing how extensive the problem is, Finley said.

Patrick McGrath, vice-president of research at the IWK, agrees with Finley’s evaluation.

“More often than not pain in kids is dismissed or under appreciated,” he said.

That is partly due to the fact many professionals don’t know what to do about it because pediatric pain hasn’t been studied enough, McGrath said.

“We don’t put very much money in to research in Canada,” he said, noting Canada spends about one-sixth of what the United States does on pain research.

There is also a legitimate concern that if a doctor pays too much attention to a patient’s pain, it may encourage chronic pain in adults and children, he said.

In addition, McGrath said there is a “huge reticence to prescribe, especially more powerful drugs, the opioids, the morphine.”

Finley said the pediatric pain clinic rarely prescribes such drugs but there are times they are appropriate and should be used.

The clinic currently has just over 70 patients.

“We tell patients we won’t promise to take away 100 per cent of their pain, though sometimes we do. But we do tell them we’re pretty certain their pain will be better and we’re pretty certain their life will be better,” Finley said.

That’s accomplished through a combination of proper medication, exercises and teaching children strategies to cope with pain so they can get on with their lives.

( bware@herald.ca)

Original Article : http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1268528.html


Should pediatric chronic pain treatment be funded by drug companies trying to make a profit? Would you want the Hells Angels funding your community police station?? Seems like a BIG conflict of interest to me . What do you think????


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