March 30, 1915

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

It is more a certificate than a license. They have to make a certain declaration to the departmeent that the medicine is made of such and such material or liquid, and we give a certificate or a registration number.

Mr. PARDEE. You do not certify as to the ingredients used? Is there no formula that they have to file?

Mr.BLONDIN: No.

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Frederick Forsyth Pardee

Liberal

Mr. PARDEE:

What is the object of the law, then? Surely the certificate can serve nc purpose?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

The registration enables the department to keep track of a preparation if, upon investigation, it is found to be injurious to public health.

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William F. Carroll

Liberal

Mr. CARROLL:

Would your inspectors

not have the right to investigate Peruna and find out whether there is an excess of alcohol in it?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

That is all under provincial authority, I am informed by my deputy minister.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

The duty of our officers is to see that certain ingredients which are forbidden are not contained in the medicine.

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William F. Carroll

Liberal

Mr. CARROLL:

If patent medicines containing a large percentage of alcohol and other poisons are sold in these drug stores, it is a serious thing if the law is not sufficiently wide to enable the Inland Revenue Department to have these medicines analysed. The law should be amended in that respect.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I agree with my hon. friend, and it is a branch of the department in which I intend to make improvements this year, and to that end we are providing in the Supplementary Estimates for the salaries of competent officials to analyse these medicines. .

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Frederick Laurence Schaffner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SCHAFFNER:

Surely the formula of these patent medicines must be registered in some department ?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

The medicines are registered.

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Frederick Laurence Schaffner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SCHAFFNER:

For example, have you not the formula of Peruna in your department ?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

No. Patent medicines have only to be registered before they are allowed to be sold.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

I heard a former Governor General of Canada denounce Peruna in the most energetic terms, as containing fifty or sixty per cent of alcohol.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

There is a standard which gives a list of different drugs which are forbidden to be used in patent medicines, but all that has been done up to the present is to see that such ingredients are not contained in the medicines.

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Frederick Laurence Schaffner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SCHAFFNER:

I was under the impression, as most people were, that the formula of patent medicines had to be registered with some department of the Government. If that is not so, the law should be amended to provide for it.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

Is not the vendor of every patent medicine obliged to send a sample to the department for analysis ?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

No. The declaration

does not go further than to mention that the patent medicine does not contain any of the prohibited ingredients.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

If your inspector ascertains that some of these medicines contain harmful ingredients, do you notify the provincial authorities to prosecute ?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

The Department itself

prosecutes.

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March 30, 1915