NAN STRONGLY OPPOSES HEALTH CANADA’S REFUSAL TO REJECT GENERIC VERSIONS OF OXYCONTIN
THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is calling today’s announcement by Health Canada to open the market to drug manufacturers to create generic, less expensive OxyContin, another blow to the northern remote First Nations who are currently combatting an addiction epidemic.
“With OxyContin clones on the market, it just means more drug flow to the north. NAN is disappointed with Federal Minister Aglukkaq’s refusal to intervene in the approval of generic versions of the drug,” said Deputy Grand Chief Fiddler. “While we appreciate the Minister’s distinction between science and politics, NAN First Nations are experiencing extreme levels of addiction and require extreme solutions.”