26 more cancer patients got diluted chemo drugs
Marchese said its products weren't defective, and suggested that the problem wasn't how the drugs were prepared but how they were administered at the hospitals.
London Health Sciences Centre said they employed Marchese since March 2012 to mix the two drugs that were diluted, and Baxter Canada before that.
The latest discovery brings the total number of patients affected at the London, Ont., hospital to 691 651 Nike Grey Sports Bra adults and 40 children. The hospital said it has reached out to all of them.
Health Canada argued that if Marchese was doing something that was usually done in hospital like mixing drugs that would fall under provincial jurisdiction.
that gap, and the college is willing to provide oversight of new compounding facilities like Marchese.
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Neil Johnson, the hospital's vice president of cancer care, said they believe 117 adults among those 691 patients have died, but they can't be sure.
Too much saline was added to the bags containing cyclophosphamide and gemcitabine, in effect watering down the prescribed drug concentrations by up to 20 per cent.
Marchese Hospital Solutions, a Mississauga, Ont. based company, was contracted to prepare the chemotherapy drugs for four hospitals in Ontario and one in New Brunswick.
The government appointed a pharmacy expert, Jake Thiessen, to review the province's cancer drug system. A working group that includes doctors, Cancer Care Ontario, Health Canada and others are also looking at the problem.
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"It begs the question how many more people are out there who still don't know that they were given drugs that were watered down, and how many other drugs are being dispensed to patients that we don't know whether or not they're appropriately being dosed," she said.
"People who are receiving these kinds of health care services, especially with a cancer diagnosis, you have to have faith that there is integrity in the whole process and that you're receiving what you're supposed to be receiving," said Tory health critic Christine Elliott.
It's "horrifying" that the Liberals said only seven per cent of Ontario chemotherapy patients received diluted drugs, Horwath said.
But Marchese wasn't considered a pharmacy or a drug manufacturer.
One person is too many people to have been given the wrong dosage of medication based on a lack of oversight by the ministry responsible," she said.
But there is a gap in the oversight of companies like Marchese that mix drugs for hospitals, Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged Thursday.
Ontario's New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath said she's "shocked and disturbed" that more patients were given weaker than prescribed doses of the drugs.
"Our medical staff . answered a lot of questions from patients, and they made it clear that their belief as physicians was that the likelihood of a link or any sort of association with treatment outcomes whether it's death or otherwise is very minimal, if at any," Johnson said.
TORONTO The number of cancer patients in Ontario and New Brunswick who received watered down chemotherapy drugs some for more than a year has climbed to more than 1,200.
"If somebody has gone back to another region, they may have gone back to another area, and so those records may be incomplete in terms of who are alive and who are dead."
Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews thanked the "hard working staff" of the London hospital Friday for combing through their records to identify all affected patients and notifying their families.
The college oversees pharmacists, including those who may have worked independently for Marchese Hospital Solutions. Health Canada oversees drug manufacturers.
"So whether it's seven per cent, whether it's one per cent, whether it's one human being, it is not acceptable that this has happened in our province."
were identified during a second, expanded assessment of its files.
"Keeping track of patients who are deceased isn't always something that our hospital will know about," he said.
The company falls into a jurisdictional grey area, with both the Ontario College of Pharmacists and Health Canada unable to agree on who was responsible for the facility.
"That confidence has been undermined because of a lack of oversight by this government."
"Those families have my commitment to determine how this happened, to ensure proper oversight of our drug system is in place, and to prevent it from happening again," she said in a statement.
It's important to note that the deaths can't be directly attributed to the diluted drugs, he added.
The London Health Sciences Centre said Friday that 26 additional patients Nike Short Pants
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