A generic drug industry association head says concessions in free trade pacts have been 'death by a thousand cuts' for the industry.
We have a historic opportunity to significantly improve our health-care system with the introduction of a national public pharmacare program, and also save billions a year by doing so. But it is important that it be designed properly, and progressively. This would not only be politically appealing, but will also result in a healthier population.
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor talks about the government's Healthy Eating Strategy, its response to the opioids crisis, and the national pharmacare strategy report due in the spring.
The foundation is in place, but we need more coordinated strategies to become the world leader in this field. Personalized medicine is the future of health care—a win-win for government, industry and Canadians.
For Canadians, it should be a reminder that we need to modernize our PMPRB watchdog to achieve 'just prices' and get rid of our irrational policies that serves corporate welfare to the detriment of patients.