Gail Attara
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Gail Attara is a noted national health policy expert and Chair of the Best Medicines Coalition. Ms. Attara co-authored an academic study on the impact of drug access policy changes on patients, and is also the CEO of the Gastrointestinal Society, and a patient herself. Government, non-profit, media, medical, and corporate stakeholders regularly seek out Ms. Attara for consultations and speaking engagements from coast to coast.

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Provinces Must Step Up Access To Support For Canadians With IBD

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2017 | 11:48 AM

One in 150 Canadians have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which represents the highest rate in the world. This means approximately 233,000 Canadians are struggling to manage the devastating effects of the two most common forms of IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. May 19 is World...

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This April, Break The Taboos And Talk About IBS

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 2:28 PM

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world. It is so common, that you probably know at least one person who suffers from this functional bowel disorder. It affects as many as 13-20 per cent1 of Canadians of every age, race, and gender at any...

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Standing Up For Canadians With Crohn's Disease And Ulcerative Colitis

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 2:09 PM

World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day fell on May 19, 2016. All around the globe individuals and organizations shared facts about IBD and pledged their support to help find a cure. Until the cure is upon us, there is still much work to be done right now for IBD patients...

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Reference Drug Program Changes Mean Less Choice For B.C. Patients

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 11:18 AM

Across Canada, public and private drug plans are increasingly using reference-based pricing policies to contain costs. Under reference-based pricing, drug plans reimburse the cost of the reference drug(s) in a medication class. Most often, this is the least expensive drug.

As patient advocates for more than 20 years, we are...

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Health Ministers' Meeting Is A Chance To Talk Expanded Access For Patients

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 4:24 PM

The federal, provincial, and territorial health ministers' meeting is currently taking place in Vancouver. This is a conference that will set the tone for future discussions between these ministers on vital health matters and system reform is slated as the priority topic.

I completely agree with this priority -- Canada's...

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