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As the Supreme Court's decision concluded, "the Promise Doctrine is incongruent with both the words and the scheme of the Patent Act."
Many believe pharmaceutical companies are repugnant. There were several serious issues that built the foundation of the anti-pharma movement. While not all companies are guilty or equally responsible, many behaved unethically. They didn't always fully disclose research and safety data if it didn't support their product. They attempted to prevent researchers from voicing serious concerns. They created inappropriate relationships with physicians, leaving the impression that doctors were being bought, and sometimes that was true. This had to change.
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Biologics are large molecule medicines that are so intricate that manufacturers develop them using unique, biological processes. But as patents expire for established biologic drugs, newer treatments are now entering the Canadian marketplace called Subsequent Entry Biologics. SEBs are similar, but not the same as biologics.
OTTAWA - A new study has found that Canadians are still paying far more than other industrialized countries for generic drugs, despite recent efforts by the provinces and territories to bulk buy six p...
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is being negotiated in secret, but leaked documents from the negotiations have revealed that the United States is pushing hard for strict intellectual property rules that would protect the profits of pharmaceutical companies at the expense of patients. These rules would extend patent monopolies and delay the introduction of cheaper generic drugs, allowing the big brand-name drug companies to maintain their high prices for longer periods of time. This would put lifesaving medicines out of reach for millions of poor people around the world. It could also lead to higher drug prices here at home.
B.C. parents are accusing Shoppers Drug Mart of putting their son’s life at risk by switching his brand-name prescription medication to a generic version, without their knowledge or consent. “He stru...
TORONTO - Ontario declared victory Friday in a key battle to clamp down on ever-increasing health-care costs, as Canada's top court upheld a ban on big pharmacies selling their own prescription privat...
Should the government be allowed to force pharmaceutical companies to continue manufacturing drugs that are no longer profitable, if these drugs are in the public best interest? I'm really struggling with this one.
Marc-André Gagnon, assistant professor at Carleton University. Gagnon, a long-time critic of the pharmaceutical industry, is concerned that overall drug expenditures are higher in Canada than in other developed countries. Gagnon's analysis is flawed in several respects.
VICTORIA - Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid says British Columbians will start paying less for generic prescription drugs next year under a new drug-pricing policy estimated to save $110 million ov...
There is an ongoing campaign to convince health care providers, decision-makers and the public that generic medications cannot be trusted and that if you want the real goods you need to pay the brand name price. The line is actually a twist, a re-packaging of some complicated statistics into an easy-to-understand sound bite, but one with the unfortunate weakness of not being true.
VICTORIA - The B.C. government has brought in legislation to cut the price of generic drugs after scrapping a deal with the pharmacy industry that was aimed at reducing prices.When Health Minister Mik...
TORONTO - The federal government says it is working with pharmaceutical companies to address shortfalls in the supply of some prescription drugs, including a request that they seek alternative sources...
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a provincial rule forbidding big drugstore chains from launching their own private-label generic prescription drugs. Two of the three judges on the panel conclu...
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.