Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

October 17, 2007 08:00 ET

Canadian Pharmacists Association: A National Pharmaceutical Strategy-Still Waiting

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2007) - Access to needed pharmaceuticals has become a central challenge for Canadian patients. In spite of the fact that First Ministers agreed to develop a National Pharmaceutical Strategy in 2004, Canadians are still waiting for real progress.

On October 19, patients, health care professionals, industry, academics and government will meet in Toronto to share information and points of view on what a Canadian pharmaceutical strategy should look like. According to conference speaker, Brad Peters of the University of Victoria, "All Canadians, regardless of what province they live in, should have equal access to the medications they need to stay healthy. This is not happening right now and the average Canadian has no idea this is a problem."

Entitled National and International Pharmaceutical Strategies - Models for Patient Access, the conference will explore the impact of current pharmaceutical policies on patients in Canada, the UK, US, Europe and New Zealand. Discussions will focus on both public policy considerations and patient access. Fredrik Erixon, Director of the European Centre of International Political Economy, commented, "European health care models are often praised abroad, but European leaders of all political colours understand the need to reform their under-performing health care systems, which are among the most expensive in the world."

Canadian health care stakeholders have one key goal regarding the National Pharmaceutical Strategy, to ensure that policy decisions about access to medications are made for the right reasons-for the patients, whose quality of life depends on it.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Louise Crandall, Manager, Public Affairs, at (613) 523-7801 #267 (on Oct 18/19, cell 613-296-8460). The conference is taking place at the Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade beginning at 7pm on October 18. This conference is organized by the Best Medicines Coalition, BIOTECanada, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Health Charities Coalition of Canada and Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D).

Contact Information

  • Louise Crandall
    Manager, Public Affairs
    613-523-7801 #267
    on Oct 18/19, cell 613-296-8460