About

Know Your Drugs is a global awareness campaign that was developed by Canadians for Vanessa’s Law in collaboration with RxISK.

Vanessa’s Law (Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act) is named after Vanessa Young, who died on March 19, 2000 when she was 15 years old of a heart attack caused by Prepulsid, a prescription drug that Health Canada removed from the market on August 7, 2000.

Vanessa’s father Terence Young, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Oakville, Ontario from 2008 to 2015, introduced the federal law as a Private Member’s Bill (C-17) on December 6, 2013.

There are four components to this global awareness campaign that you can get involved with:

1 – The Message

Spread the Know Your Drugs message.

This simple but important message will help prevent adverse drugs reactions and save lives by making people more aware of the need for them to research the side effects of prescription drugs they are taking.

2 – Video Presentation

Share the Know Your Drugs video with family and friends.

Contact us if you would like a PDF of the slides in the video presentation.

3 – Research and Report

Encourage people to Research prescription drug side effects and to Report adverse drug reactions so the side effects of drugs can be effectively monitored after governments approve them.

4 – Know Your Drugs Day

Promote Know Your Drugs Day on November 6, which is the date that Vanessa’s Law received Royal Assent in 2014.

On this day annually, people from countries around the world will be encouraged to research the side effects of prescription drugs at RxISK.org.

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Even though Know Your Drugs Day is just one day a year, it is important for people to research drug side effects frequently.

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Canadians for Vanessa’s Law is the lead charitable organization for the Know Your Drugs global awareness campaign.

The Board of Directors are:

  • Dr. Nancy Olivieri
  • Dr. Elia Abi-Jaoude
  • Dr. Leslie Balmer
  • Dr. Joel Lexchin

The Executive Director is David Carmichael.

Vision

Canadians make informed choices about prescription drug use.

Mission

Helping Canadians make informed choices about prescription drug use by educating them about Vanessa’s Law and prescription drug safety.

Purpose

To advance education by providing educational materials, presentations, workshops, and consultations to Canadians on the:

  • Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) and its implications on Canada’s health care system;
  • Safe and effective use of prescription drugs; and
  • Risks and benefits of prescription drugs.

RxISK

RxISK is owned and operated by Data Based Medicine Americas Ltd., based in Toronto.

The founding members of the medical and research team are:

  • Dr. David Healy
  • Dr. Derelie (Dee) Mangin
  • Dr. Kalman Applbaum
  • Dr. Ralph Edwards
  • Dr. Brenda Gallie
  • Robert Whitaker
  • Dr. Joanna Le Noury
  • Dr. Nancy Olivieri

RxISK.org is a free, independent website where people can research prescription drugs and report a drug side effect – identifying problems and possible solutions when it might still be possible to intervene and find a solution.