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Concessions in renegotiated NAFTA will lead to ‘extra cost’ for Canadians and a potential pharmacare plan, but an expert says it could’ve been worse

By Neil Moss      

A generic drug industry association head says concessions in free trade pacts have been 'death by a thousand cuts' for the industry.

U.S President Donald J. Trump, middle, with then-Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, at the USMCA signing ceremony on Nov. 30, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The renegotiated trade pact increases protection on biologics from eight to 10 years. Photo by Shealah Craighead/White House

Increased protection of innovative drugs will lead to an added cost for Canadians, but the trade concession doesn’t infringe on Canada’s ability to implement a national pharmacare plan, says an industry expert.

Neil Moss

Neil Moss is a reporter at The Hill Times covering federal politics, foreign policy, and defence. 
- nmoss@hilltimes.com


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