Critical Drugs Coalition

The Critical Drugs Coalition (CDC) is a group lobbying for wider access to (and increased funding for) certain pharmaceuticals.1) Specifically, the group cites shortages in ketamine, fentanyl, midazolam, propofol and morphine - powerful sedative and painkiller drugs that the group alleges are “desperately needed in critical care settings in the fight against COVID-19”.

This is deeply disturbing on a number of levels. First of all, there is a staggering opioid crisis that the Government of Canada describes as “one of the most serious public health crises in Canada's recent history,” attributed in large part to contamination of the illicit drug supply with fentanyl.2) As expected, mortality data from across the country “show a worrying increase in opioid-related harms and deaths since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.” This has been observed in Canada as well as the United States.3)

Additionally, healthcare staff in the United Kingdom have been accused of causing substantial excess deaths through overprescription of midazolam, potentially amounting to medical malpractice.4) Legal action is underway in the wake of a growing number of whistleblowers and testimonies alleging intentional or negligent death by “misuse of sedatives”, primarily midazolam.5) 6) The number of prescriptions for the drug doubled in April 2020 compared to the prior months, but its use in COVID-19 is suspect because of its effects; “Midazolam depresses respiration and it hastens death. It changes end-of-life care into euthanasia.“7) 8)

Affiliations

Membership

Despite claiming to be independent volunteers, the members of the Critical Drugs Coalition team are individuals who stand to benefit personally or through their employer from increased funding for pharmaceutical products and policies:

  • Abdulwahab Sidiqi is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Toronto. He co-wrote the following articles strongly advocating for pharmaceutical products:
    • “Anti-vaxxers may be a lost cause but the vaccine-hesitant must be brought on board”33)
    • “To catch up on vaccinations, we must include family doctors, pharmacists in rollout plans”34)
    • “Canada must double-down on mRNA production to overcome vaccine nationalism”35)
    • “Speed is of the essence: Canada falling behind in rapid COVID testing”36)
1)
Healthy Debate. (2021, February 18). Kashif Pirzada. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://healthydebate.ca/contributor/kashif-pirzada/
2)
Health Canada. (2021, June 23). Modelling opioid-related deaths during the COVID-19 outbreak. Government of Canada. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/opioids/data-surveillance-research/modelling-opioid-overdose-deaths-covid-19.html
3)
Baumgartner, J. C., & Radley, D. C. (2021, March 25). The Spike in Drug Overdose Deaths During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Options to Move Forward. Commonwealth Fund. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.commonwealthfund.org/blog/2021/spike-drug-overdose-deaths-during-covid-19-pandemic-and-policy-options-move-forward
4)
Fuller, A. (2020, July 12). Care homes accused of using powerful sedatives to make coronavirus victims die more quickly as use. . . The Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12100515/care-homes-accused-sedatives-coronavirus-die-quickly/
5)
The Exposé. (2021, June 21). The Evidence - “You must stay at home, to protect the NHS, so they can give Midazolam to the Elderly and tell you they are Covid Deaths.” Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://dailyexpose.uk/2021/06/13/stay-at-home-protect-the-nhs-give-midazolam-to-the-elderly-and-tell-you-they-are-covid-deaths/
6)
Cook, S. (2021, November 8). The UK Midazolam murders – update on Legal progress. The Liberty Beacon. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.thelibertybeacon.com/the-uk-midazolam-murders-update-on-legal-progress/
7)
Adams, S., & Bancroft, H. (2020, July 12). Number of prescriptions for the drug midazolam doubled during height of the pandemic. Daily Mail. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8514081/Number-prescriptions-drug-midazolam-doubled-height-pandemic.html
8)
Deevoy, J. (2021, July 14). MIDAZOLAM- The scandal that cannot be ignored. Unity News Network. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://unitynewsnetwork.co.uk/midazolam-the-scandal-that-cannot-be-ignored/
9)
Board of Directors. Medicines Coalition. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from https://archive.ph/ofcEu
10)
Sponsors. Canadian PKU and Allied Disorders. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from https://canpku.org/Sponsors
11)
Adams, J., & Weissman, P. (2021). DTFA Budget 2021 Letter. Fighting for Fairness. https://web.archive.org/web/20220220191051/http://www.fightingforfairness.ca/pdf/DTFABudget2021LettertMay3.pdf.pdf
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Experience - John Adams. LinkedIn. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-adams-1687239/details/experience/
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John Adams. Facebook. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from https://archive.ph/Uwa3N
18)
John Adams. Environmental Law & Regulation. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from https://archive.ph/aQc98
19)
Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force. Who We Are. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.cmcovidtf.com/who-we-are
20)
Healthy Debate. (2021, February 19). Ahmed Bagit. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://healthydebate.ca/contributor/ahmed-bagit/
21)
Aman Chatha (@amanchatha). Founder SocialimpactAgency.com Founder GroupBuyUnited.com. Twitter. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from https://twitter.com/amanchatha
23)
Hilley, I. [@inhilleu]. Experienced Pharmaceutical Executive, President Canadian Hemochromatosis Society- Canada’s #1 genetic disorder, involved in the health & wellness of seniors [Profile]. Accessed December 1, 2021. Twitter. https://twitter.com/inhilley
24)
The Canadian Institute’s Pharma Symposium Canada. (2016, May). Ian Hilley. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.canadianinstitute.com/pharma-symposium-canada-350x16-tor/speakers/ian-hilley/
25)
RocketReach. Ian Hilley’s Email & Phone Number. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://rocketreach.co/ian-hilley-email_11454948
26)
Waller, C., Trombetta, M., Kelly, P., Crowe, R., & Business Wire. (2019, November 12). Mylan and Pfizer Announce Viatris as the New Company Name in the Planned Mylan-Upjohn Combination [Press release]. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191112005863/en/
27)
Pfizer Inc. (2019, November 12). Mylan and Pfizer Announce Viatris as the New Company Name in the Planned Mylan-Upjohn Combination [Press release]. https://investors.pfizer.com/investor-news/press-release-details/2019/Mylan-and-Pfizer-Announce-Viatris-as-the-New-Company-Name-in-the-Planned-Mylan-Upjohn-Combination/default.aspx
28)
Genpharm. (2019, April 20). Partners. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.genpharmservices.com/partners/
29)
Pouyan Namavarian, MD (@Namavarian). Resident @UofT_OHNS . MD @UofTMedicine . BMSc @SchulichMedDent . Interests in #GlobalSurgery, #Politics, #MedTech, & #Raptors. Twitter. Retrieved February 19, 2022, from https://twitter.com/Namavarian
30)
Namavarian, Amirpouyan - Doctor Details. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Retrieved February 19, 2022, from https://archive.ph/237ve
31)
Amirpouyan Namavarian. LinkedIn. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from https://archive.ph/VnVm6
32)
Rahil Shah. LinkedIn. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahilllshah
33)
Bagit, A., Namavarian, A., Sidiqi, A., Ahmed, S., Pirzada, K., & Khan, U. (2020, December 29). Anti-vaxxers may be a lost cause but the vaccine-hesitant must be brought on board. Healthy Debate. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://healthydebate.ca/2020/12/topic/anti-vaxxers-vs-vaccine-hesitant/
34)
Bagit, A., Wang, W., Namavarian, A., Sidiqi, A., & Ahmed, S. (2021, March 26). To catch up on vaccinations, we must include family doctors, pharmacists in rollout plans. Healthy Debate. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://healthydebate.ca/2021/03/topic/catching-up-on-vaccinations/
35)
Bagit, A., Namavarian, A., Sidiqi, A., Pirzada, K., & Ahmed, S. (2021, February 18). Canada must double-down on mRNA production to overcome vaccine nationalism. Healthy Debate. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://healthydebate.ca/2021/02/topic/canada-mrna-production/
36)
Wang, W., Bagit, A., Namavarian, A., Sidiqi, A., & Pirzada, K. (2020, September 22). Speed is of the essence: Canada falling behind in rapid COVID testing. Healthy Debate. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://healthydebate.ca/2020/09/topic/falling-behind-rapid-covid-testing/
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