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Meeting No. 23
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Standing Committee on Health met at 11:08 a.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Vice-Chair, Lui Temelkovski, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Patrick Brown, Patricia Davidson, Steven John Fletcher, Christiane Gagnon, Susan Kadis, Luc Malo, Lui Temelkovski, Hon. Robert Thibault, David Tilson and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.


Acting Members present: James Lunney for Joy Smith and Hon. Geoff Regan for Hon. Carolyn Bennett.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Sonya Norris, Analyst.


Witnesses: University of Victoria: Alan Cassels, Pharmaceutical Policy Researcher, School of Health Information Sciences. York University: Mary Wiktorowicz, Chair and Associate Professor, School of Health Policy and Management. McGill University: Robyn Tamblyn, Scientific Director, Clinical and Health Informatics Research, Department of Medicine.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, the Committee resumed its study on Post-Market Surveillance of Pharmaceutical Products, Prescription and Non-Prescription.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, January 29, 2008, the Committee proceeded to a briefing on the New Organ Donor Regulations.

Robert Thibault moved, — That the Standing Committee on Health report the following recommendations to the House of Commons with respect to the new organ donor regulations: that the Minister of Health take action, at the earliest possible opportunity, to amend the new Health regulations on organ donor criteria since the current wording specifically excludes gay men from being organ donors; that the Minister also replace the current regulations with scientifically based guidelines to medical practitioners that protect the supply of organs, promote participation of donors and preserve the integrity of the organ supply; and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the government table a response to the recommendations outlined in this report.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 5.


At 1:02 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Carmen DePape
Clerk of the Committee

2008/04/16 2:26 p.m.