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Lymphoma Canada urges governments to speed up access to approved cancer drugs

By Robin Markowitz      

We urge the federal government to adopt a modernized approach to its current reimbursement recommendation framework and work with patients, oncologists, manufacturers, regulators and payers to develop mechanisms to improve access to effective treatment options for those living with cancer.

Canada's federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, pictured with former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, who will now chair the federal government's advisroy council to implement a national pharmacare plan, on the Hill on Feb. 27, 2018. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Strides in cancer research have increased survival rates and provided a better quality of life for patients under treatment. But getting the best treatment as soon as possible remains a matter of life and death for many Canadians. Speed is of the essence. Patients and families live with the hope that a new, effective treatment will be available by the time they need it.

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