Health Action Network Society (HANS)

10,286 supporters

Mission: To support our members and the public to take responsibility for their own well-being by empowering them to make informed decisions, protecting their right to informed consent and preserving their ability to access safe and effective health care options; plus, to work to raise awareness of environmental issues that impact Canadians’ health and wellness. Values: The conviction that the human potential for moral, physical, and mental growth is the capacity to achieve a level of health beyond the absence of disease.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, Ontario College of Pharmacists, Quebec Order of Pharmacists

Keep Homeopathy in Canadian Pharmacies! L’homéopathie dans les pharmacies. Préservons-la!

La traduction en français suit... Despite clear consumer and patient demand for access to homeopathic remedies, Canadian pharmacists are under increasing pressure to remove them from their store shelves. Small, well-organized skeptic groups are pressuring Canadian pharmacy colleges, most specifically The Ontario College of Pharmacists and The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, to discourage the sale of homeopathic products in pharmacies.  Quebec pharmacists have also been encouraged to discontinue selling homeopathic products; many now display disclaimers on the shelves next to the products. As a public education organization that believes in the value of homeopathy to enhance individual health and solve Canadian – and global - health challenges, HANS defends consumers’ and patients’ right to purchase Health Canada approved products wherever they’re most accessible.  In the same spirit of health freedom, we support each pharmacy’s right to recommend and sell them. Natural Health Products (NHPs) that have been approved and issued an NPN or DIN-HM by Health Canada must be made available to the Canadian public without institutional obstruction or interference from pharmacy colleges.  84 per cent of Canadians state that people should be free to purchase whatever medicine they want, provided it has been proven to be safe. Homeopathic medicines are remarkably safe and work well as complements to conventional medicines without interaction or contraindication. Homeopathy can be safely used by pregnant women, children, infants, and the elderly. Homeopathy’s efficacy is often questioned by individuals and organizations who want to suppress it.  The truth is: there is plenty of research that supports homeopathy!  You can find a solid summary of ailment-specific evidence on the HANS website and plenty of research-based evidence at the Homeopathy Research Institute. Canadian demand for homeopathic medicine is high and climbing.  In the past year, approximately 4.9 million Canadians used homeopathic products with a 77 per cent satisfaction rate. Suppression or obstruction of access to homeopathic medicines is not respectful of the diversity of health traditions of a multi-cultural Canada. Help us send a clear message to The Ontario College of Pharmacists and The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia that Canadians want sustained access to homeopathy; and, that Canadian pharmacists are legally entitled to sell any Health Canada-approved products their customers demand. Resources: Behaviours and Attitudes Towards Homeopathic Medicine: A Survey of Canadians, April 4, 2019, Hill + Knowlton Strategies ************************************************************************ La société Health Action Network Society (HANS) a lancé la présente pétition qui sera remise à l'Ordre des pharmaciens de la Colombie-Britannique/ College of Pharmacists of British Columbia (Bob Nakagawa, RPh, Registrar) ainsi qu’à deux autres ordres. Malgré une demande claire de la part des patients et des consommateurs pour préserver l’accès aux remèdes homéopathiques, les pharmaciens canadiens subissent de plus en plus de pression pour qu'ils retirent ces produits de leurs étalages. Au Canada, certaines organisations de sceptiques pressent les ordres de pharmaciens, en particulier ceux de l’Ontario et de la Colombie-Britannique, à cesser la vente des produits homéopathiques en pharmacie. Au Québec, les pharmaciens subissent des pressions semblables: plusieurs apposent maintenant des avis de mise en garde sur les étagères près des produits. En tant qu’organisation de sensibilisation du public, qui croit au potentiel de l’homéopathie pour améliorer la santé des individus et rencontrer nombreux défis en matière de santé au Canada – et dans le monde -, HANS défend le droit des consommateurs et des patients à un accès libre de contraintes à tout produit approuvé par Santé Canada. Dans ce même esprit de liberté de choix en matière de santé, nous défendons aussi le droit pour les pharmaciens de recommander et vendre ces produits. Les Produits de santé naturels (PSN) approuvés et homologués (étiquetés avec un numéro de produit naturel (NPN) ou numéro de médicament homéopathique (DIN-HM)) par Santé Canada doivent être mis à la disponibilité du public sans interférence ou obstacle institutionnel de la part des ordres de pharmaciens. 84% des canadiens affirment que le public a le droit de choisir tout produit de santé qui a été démontré comme étant sécuritaire. Les remèdes homéopathiques sont remarquablement sécuritaires et peuvent être pris en même temps que les médicaments conventionnels, sans danger d'interaction ou contre-indication. L’homéopathie est sécuritaire pour les femmes enceintes, les enfants, et les aînés. L’efficacité de l’homéopathie est souvent mise en doute par les individus et les organisations qui veulent la voir disparaître. Mais en fait, il y a beaucoup d'études qui démontrent l’efficacité de l’homéopathie! Vous pouvez consulter un bon résumé de diverses recherches faites autour de problèmes de santé spécifiques sur le site web de HANS, ainsi que de la recherche fondée sur les faits (EBM) sur le site du Homeopathy Research Institute. La demande pour les produits homéopathiques au Canada est significative et continue d’augmenter. Au cours de la dernière année, approximativement 4.9 millions de canadiens ont utilisé des produits homéopathiques avec un taux de satisfaction de 77%. L’obstruction ou la suppression à l’accès aux remèdes homéopathiques n’est pas respectueuse de la diversité des approches de santé dans un Canada multiculturel. Aidez-nous à envoyer un message clair aux ordres des pharmaciens de l’Ontario et de la Colombie-Britanniques (The Ontario College of Pharmacists et The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia).  De un, les canadiens veulent préserver l'accès à l’homéopathie en pharmacie. De deux,  les pharmaciens doivent conserver leur droit de recommander et vendre tout produit approuvé par Santé Canada. Ressources: Behaviours and Attitudes Towards Homeopathic Medicine: A Survey of Canadians, 4 avril 2019, Hill + Knowlton Strategies      

Health Action Network Society (HANS)
9,053 supporters
Petitioning The Government of Canada, House of Commons, HEALTH CANADA


Help HANS send a message to the Government of Canada, House of Commons, and Health Canada, that you, an educated Canadian consumer, do not want the federal government restricting or compromising your access to the Natural Health Products (NHPs) of your choice! If it ain't broken - don't fix it!  Current NHP regulations, implemented only 15 years ago, are not only adequate; they are globally respected and provide a perfect balance of consumer safety and consumer choice. Proposed regulations (The Self-Care Framework) are random, unnecessary, and not based on a legitimate concern or serious incident(s). In fact, there has never been a single NHP death in Canada of a consumer who used the product as directed. Additionally, Health Canada is moving through this process with a lack of transparency and few details, resulting in speculation and distrust. Under the proposed Self-Care Framework: NHPs may be subject to chemical drug standards of evidence and may have to undergo clinical trial processes. Evidence-based claims that NHPs can positively impact chronic and serious disease will not be allowed. Practitioners may not be allowed to prepare (compound) individualized natural remedies. Proposed NHP regulations will stifle product innovation due to claims restrictions and compliancy costs. Proposed NHP regulations will subject NHP companies to licencing fees, administrative "cost recovery" measures, potential  monetary penalties, and licencing fees. Proposed NHP regulations may disregard traditional and current claims of Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal remedies, and homeopathy, a move that would disrespect the healthcare traditions of a multicultural Canada, particularly Chinese, indigenous, and South-Asian Canadians. All of the above will adversely impact manufacturers, retailers, and ultimately, consumers. For more information, visit Health Action Network Society's HANDS OFF MY NHPs! campaign.  

Health Action Network Society (HANS)
1,233 supporters