Drugs in the News: How Well Do Canadian Newspapers Report the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of New Drugs?


Alan Cassels, Merrilee Atina Hughes, Carol Cole, Barbara Mintzes, Joel Lexchin, James McCormack


Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives




This study provides an assessment of the information Canadians are receiving about prescription drugs from their daily newspapers. It examines whether journalists include enough information about prescription drugs for readers to reach informed conclusions. The study used five prescription drugs launched in Canada during the last five years that had received a high degree of media attention. The researchers found 193 articles from 24 newspapers published in 2000 describing the health effects of these drugs and then examined the way in which these particular drugs were reported.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.

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