Canada Pharmaceuticals

What Informed Shoppers Never Buy At The Drug Store

Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Business

Shoppers choose pricier brand name drugs over their generic counterparts, but health care professionals know better, says a new study from U.S. and Du...

Stop Drugging Seniors to Save Money

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole F. Bernier

Residents rely heavily on the nursing home to ensure their protection and well-being. So it is paradoxical -- some would say tragic -- that nursing home residents are too often put on drugs they don't need, which can be dangerous, and may even kill them.

The Future of Vaccines Will Be Personalized

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lawrence Solomon

Vaccines as we know them are on the way out. On the way in are personalized, precision vaccines, created through a new discipline called vaccinomics that promises to protect a higher proportion of the population at far lower cost and without the real and potential harms that mass vaccination programs inflict on some people. Vaccinomics -- vaccinology informed by genomics -- turns the traditional vaccine model on its head by making the individual the starting point, rather than the end point, in the vaccine creation process. Vaccines work -- or don't -- on the basis of cumulative interactions in our bodies driven by a host of immune response genes and other factors.

Canada's Drugs Need To Be Safer For Children

Martin Offringa | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Martin Offringa

How do you strike a balance when treating children with drugs in the absence of such evidence? Most people might be surprised to learn that much of the medications given to children in Canada have never been adequately studied or even formally approved for the conditions they are commonly prescribed to treat.

Don't Blame Seniors For Canada's Rising Health Care Costs

Michel Grignon | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Grignon

There is a worrying rise in health care spending in Canada, but it doesn't have much to do with population aging. It's not that we have too many seniors that will break the bank, but how those seniors, and others, are treated in the health system that affects the bottom line.

We Deserve to Know More About Prescription Drugs

Roojin Habibi | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Roojin Habibi

Why is Health Canada only letting doctors and the public know part of the story about the safety and effectiveness of new pharmaceutical drugs? Inadequate information can be as dangerous as misinformation. Here's how.

Has Your Child Seen This Propaganda Film in School?

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Kenneth P. Green

Recently, a concerned parent pointed me to a film being shown to his child's sixth grade class, called The Story of Stuff. The movie, created in 2007, depicts a world in which big corporations, in cahoots with big government, pretty much destroy the entire planet and maliciously poison the environment for their own filthy ends. This is merely one example of how The Story of Stuff misleads.

No More Excuses Mr. Harper, We Need a Pharmacare Strategy - Stat!

Hedy Fry | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Hedy Fry

Our country needs a pharmaceuticals strategy that's more than just low-cost drug coverage. Unfortunately, when the Harper government -- which has consistently treated collaboration with the provinces and territories as both obscene and objectionable -- came to power, it walked away from a national pharmaceuticals strategy. As a result, instead of being eight years in on making prescription drugs more accessible, and safer, millions in our country -- as many as one-in-ten Canadians -- cannot afford the medication they need.

Bulk Drug Purchasing Is Too Good to Be True

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

As part of their struggle with budget realities and the growing cost of health care, Canada's provinces continue to work on bulk purchasing agreements for pharmaceuticals as a way to save money. Unfortunately, the recent release from the Council of the Federation (the council of Canada's premiers) suffers from the typical one-sided approach that characterizes much of the drug policy discussion. Yes, there are up front savings to be had. But there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Bulk Buying Pharmaceuticals Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Bulk purchasing of pharmaceuticals has attracted significant attention of late as Canada's provinces work to balance access to medicines and their benefits with budgetary realities. Unfortunately for Canadians, insufficient consideration is being given to the tradeoffs and risks associated with bulk purchasing agreements.

Canadians Are Paying More to Wait Longer for Newer Drugs

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

New medicines are a central component of modern medical care. Unfortunately for Canadians, our federal government takes an approach that is slower than others, unnecessarily costly for taxpayers, and is ultimately of questionable benefit to Canadians. Canadian approvals for market access to new drugs take longer than similar approvals in both Europe (under the European Medicines Agency) and the U.S. (under the FDA). Specifically, the median approval time was longer in Canada than in the other jurisdictions in four of the past five years. But would faster approval of new drugs expose us to greater risk? Perhaps.

Canadians Are Over-Paying for Pharmaceuticals Year After Year

Steve Morgan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Steve Morgan

A single-payer, universal system would not bankrupt the health care system. Quite the opposite, in fact; we're paying too much for prescription drugs now, and a single-payer system might just be what would save our health care system because it would be cheaper -- a lot cheaper.

Innovation Will Lead to the Health Care Canadians Deserve

Perrin Beatty | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada
Perrin Beatty

When it comes to health care, we can clearly see that a cost-cutting approach only works for a while. Given the giant demographic shift underway now, we aren't going to save our way to great health care. Put simply, innovation is not a choice. Improving Canadian competitiveness demands it. Canadians in need of a more sustainable and effective health care system deserve it.

Buying Drugs in Bulk Makes Good Cents

Marc-Andre Gagnon | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Marc-Andre Gagnon

At the recent Council of the Federation meeting, Canadian provinces announced that they will begin bulk-buying different generic drugs to reduce health care costs. Bulk-purchasing is not an option anymore, it is a necessity. Under the current system, patients who pay for drugs out-of-pocket, or those who pay a co-insurance or a deductible, are still paying the full price, and smaller provinces are disadvantaged.

WATCH: Ron James vs. Big Pharma

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.10.2011 | Canada

Canadians spent a whopping $22-billion on prescription drugs in 2010, according to the latest report by industry analysts IMS-Brogan. Interestingly...

CETA: A Threat to Local Democracy

Maude Barlow | Posted 12.22.2011 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

European corporations want to sell Canadians the services we now receive publicly, services such as health care, education, water and mail delivery, and CETA will give these private companies the right to bid on government tenders for goods and services including schools, hospitals, airports, and hydro projects.

Cheaper Drugs Soon? Massive Wave Of Patent Expirations Looms

CP | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada Business

The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet.

The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world's 20 bestselling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix.