Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced new criteria for sponsoring parents and grandparents to come to Canada today that are aimed at ensuring elderly immigrants don't end up on welfare or in social housing. Kenney said the number of older immigrants allowed into Canada must be limited because of the burden they place on the health-care system and other social resources.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says seniors are more likely to have a nest egg, own their home, have excellent credit and generally be more trusting, all of which makes them an attractive target for scams and fraud. "Statistics say part of the risk factor for seniors is their generation is more trusting. They believe that a person's word is good because their word is important to them," Casto said.
The caretaker Health Minister said at a seminar organised on World Health Day that sale of spurious and counterfeit medicines in the country is a big problem as many unwarranted deaths occur due to these drugs. He said the civil society, media, consumers and medicine manufacturers should join hands to stop the unchecked use of fake medicines in the country. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tipu said about 40 percent medicines being sold in the country were counterfeit and Pakistan was one among 13 countries of the world where fake medicines were being manufactured in large quantities.
Recent reports detailing widespread fake drugs might leave Americans wondering whether any of the medicine in their cabinet is counterfeit. The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has issued warnings about substandard — and illegal — imported versions of the tumor-fighting drug Avastin three times in the past year, most recently shipments of a Turkish version of the drug. In 2008, there were at least 149 deaths and many more severe allergic reactions due to a tainted blood thinner imported from China.
A Spanish doctor accused of running one of the world's largest sports doping rings has received a one-year suspended sentence for endangering public health. He was was convicted over his role in supplying blood transfusions to professional cyclists. As well as handing F the one year suspended sentence, the court in Madrid struck him off as a medical doctor for four years and fined 4,650 euros ($6,000: £3,940). He maintained that the aim of the blood transfusions was to protect athletes' health and improve their performance during training.
An influential group of cancer experts has warned that the high prices charged by pharmaceutical companies for cancer drugs are effectively condemning patients to death. The group of more than 100 leading cancer physicians from around the world, including nine from the UK, accuse the drug industry of “profiteering” – making a profit by unethical methods such as by raising the cost of grain after a natural disaster.