However, Health Canada says some of Seroquel's side effects can be fatal and include diabetes, hyperglycemia, constipation and intestinal obstruction, and complications from blood clots.
Health Canada says it monitors safety issues associated with the use of health products, including psychotropic drugs such as Seroquel, but adds the issue of off-label prescriptions falls under the "practice of medicine" and is provincially regulated.
NDP health critic Libby Davies says that when it comes to off-label prescribing, the federal government is "sweeping it under the carpet." Davies says the New Democrats offered amendments to the newly passed Bill C-17 — or Vanessa's Law — which included improvements to transparency and prescribing practices for off-label use, but they were turned down by the federal government.
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