Unnecessary killing of Canadians with sensitivities by adverse drug reactions (ADRs)* (1985 to 2019)

  Per Day Per Week Per Month Per Year Since 19851 Since 19902 Since 19933 Since 20064
Canada 12 84 360 4,380 148,920 127,020 113,880 56,940
Newfoundland and Labrador 0.18 1.28 5.49 67 2,278 1,943 1,742 871
Prince Edward Island 0.05 0.35 1.51 18 612 522 468 234
Nova Scotia 0.34 2.37 10.14 123 4,182 3,567 3,198 1,599
New Brunswick 0.27 1.88 8.08 98 3,332 2,842 2,548 1,274
Quebec 2.79 19.54 83.76 1,019 34,646 29,551 26,494 13,247
Ontario 4.66 32.6 139.73 1,700 57,800 49,300 44,200 22,100
Manitoba 0.44 3.05 13.05 159 5,406 4,611 4,134 2,067
Saskatchewan 0.37 2.56 10.98 134 4,556 3,886 3,484 1,742
Alberta 1.29 9.04 38.74 471 16014 13,659 12,246 6,123
British Columbia 1.58 11.05 47.35 576 19,584 16,704 14,976 7,488
Yukon 0.02 0.11 0.47 6 204 174 156 78
Northwest Territories 0.02 0.11 0.47 6 204 174 156 78
Nunavut 0.01 0.08 0.34 4 136 116 104 52

1. Elston ditched Thomson Report.  Caplan ignored provincially appointed Judge and physicians who deemed that the Ministry of Health's position was "clearly untenable" and "causing preventable harm".

2. Gigantes, Lankin and Grier ignored "duty of care" responsibilities identified by Thomson, Health and Welfare (HWC), Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).  NDP eclipsed mainstream knowledge behind a "legitimate but separate" debate about fringe ideas.

3. Marleau tossed protections encouraged by Beatty, Bouchard and others. Health Canada started invisibilizing work done prior to 1993.  Attorney General Allan Rock ignored representation by Deputy Attorney General.  Health Minister Allan Rock ignored consumer representations, duty of care issues.

4. Harper elected: criminalization of dissent, denigration of science and ethics, general ignorance and abusiveness of political staff.

*These are conservative estimates, based on:

  1. In Death by Prescription (2009), Terence Young, MP, quotes US studies which, when proportioned for Canada, suggest that 20,000 Canadians are killed by adverse drug events every year, roughly half as inpatients. That's 55 per day.
  2. The AAAAI says that 5-10% of ADR's result from allergies.
  3. Allergies constitute only a portion of sensitivities.
  4. Caress and Steinemann and others, including the US National Academy of Science say that about 15% of the population has sensitivities.
  5. Persons who experience ADR's are at increased risk of having sensitivities
  6. Health Canada and others decided in the 1980's that, in part due to the negative reaction of the rest of medicine to the flaky ideas of "clinical ecology", sensitivities are hugely under diagnosed.
  7. It is not unreasonable to think that a dozen adverse drug reaction deaths per day are Canadians whose sensitivities are undiagnosed, an important portion of the loosely estimated 55 daily Canadian adverse drug event deaths. Whatever the totals, the proportion where sensitivities is a factor may not change.
  8. These figures do not include the deaths of persons in other high risk groups, such as women in eating disorder clinics, or the suicides of persons whose central nervous system problems are caused or exacerbated by sensitivities who have been ploughed under by hateful attitudes in health care. For that figure, add a few more Canadian deaths per day.