Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association
Canadian Medical Protective Association

Canadian Medical Protective Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association
Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada

Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities

National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities

June 30, 2005 10:49 ET

Physicians and Pharmacists Welcome Health Minister's Promise to Consult on Cross-Border Drug Initiatives

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 30, 2005) - Canadian medical and pharmacy organizations welcomed the Health Minister's announcement that the federal government was taking steps to protect the country's drug supply.

"While much of the detail is still left to be worked out, we are very glad to see that the Minister has committed to consulting extensively with the health-care provider community," said Dr. Albert Schumacher, President of the Canadian Medical Association. "This is particularly important when it comes to defining key components of this issue, such as what constitutes an established patient-practitioner relationship."

"For some time now, we have been raising concerns over the cross-border drug trade with the United States," said Mr. George Murray, President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association. "We are pleased the government is responding to the potential threat posed to the Canadian drug supply chain by impending US legislation. However, much work needs to be done on the details."

Dr. William Pope, President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and Burke Suidan, President of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities appreciated the Minister's recognition of the work being done by the regulatory bodies. They also welcomed the opportunity to be included in the consultations on the forthcoming regulatory changes and the establishment of Health Canada's new drug supply network announced by the Minister.

All five organizations acknowledge that there is much yet to be done, but we are all committed to working collaboratively with both the Minister and his department to ensure that Canadians continue to have access to a safe, affordable and adequate supply to the prescription drugs they need.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Medical Association
    Carole Lavigne
    Communications
    (613) 731-8610 or 1-800-663-7336 ext. 1266
    or
    Canadian Pharmacists Association
    Louise Crandall
    Communications
    (613) 523-7877
    or
    Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
    Fleur-Ange Lefebvre
    Executive Director
    (613) 738-0372
    or
    National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities
    Ken Potvin
    Executive Director
    (613) 569-9658 ext. 224
    or
    Canadian Medical Protective Association
    Barbara Wilson
    Communications Advisor
    (613) 725-2000 ext. 481