How the Government Put 1,100 Lives at Risk
An investigation is underway after five Canadian hospitals realized that more than 1,100 cancer patients received the wrong dosage of chemotherapy drugs—some for as long as a year. Now, peoples’ trust in the Canadian healthcare system is shaken.
“What is the implication of that dilution? Does it mean it would affect the outcomes of people’s treatment, their longevity,” Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Andrea Horwath told the Globe and Mail.
Five hospitals are still trying to figure out how so many patients received watered-down chemotherapy dosages and how it will impact their health. Some of the patients had been receiving the low dosages since February 2012, when incorrect amounts of saline were added to chemotherapy drugs, effectively watering down the dosage. Read More