U.N. inspectors are looking into the possibility of a “distraction” at a Canadian pharmacy school, saying online sales may violate the law.
The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Tuesday that it is now investigating a possible violation of the U.K. Consumer Rights Act and the U:United Nations Convention on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), as well as other related legislation, following an investigation into online pharmacy sales at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy.
The coalition’s president, Richard Murphy, told reporters in Ottawa that the complaint was one of the first to come from Canada.
“It is a very important matter,” Murphy said.
“We have to ensure that this is not an issue that is going to have a negative impact on Canadian consumers.”
The coalition said the university’s online pharmacy business was an exception, with the exception of two sales of medicines at the end of last year, which were authorized by the university and are legal.
“We will be examining those transactions to determine if they are legal under the law,” Murphy added.
The U.C.M.E. is the world’s largest pharmacy school and the largest pharmacy business in Canada, accounting for roughly 70 percent of all Canadian sales.
U.K.-based Uave Pharma said in a statement that the Canadian pharmacy program has “received a number of inquiries and complaints” regarding its online pharmacy program, which it said “is in compliance with the Canadian Consumer Rights Code.”
The university said it had taken steps to address concerns and “continues to monitor the situation.”
In an email, the pharmacy school said it would respond “at a later date” to the complaints.
Uave said it is working to identify a number “of potential violations” in the course of the investigation.
U:United Nation Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, or UNCLOS, was ratified in 1972, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) came into force in 1976.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, has said that the UNCLAS is an essential part of its Universal Declaration of Human Right.UNESCO also says the ICPCR “guarantees the fundamental right to free and informed expression” and the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.