Exports of certain prescription drugs have been banned if it'll cause or worsen a drug shortage in Canada.
B.C.'s provincial health officer called for decriminalization of small drug possessions in 2019.
The province's health department says it could "save time and money."
The NDP has already offered a similar plan to help cover drug costs.
Pharmacare is expected to be an election issue in 2019.
It is only a very small number of patients prescribed opioids, who take very high doses for a long period of time, that run a real risk.
The short-term benefits of taking a benzodiazepine drug are often outweighed by the health risks of long-term use, including addiction.
We need to significantly improve post-market surveillance for prescription drugs to make sure we are continually monitoring their safety and effectiveness.
As the Supreme Court's decision concluded, "the Promise Doctrine is incongruent with both the words and the scheme of the Patent Act."
Ontario has been the site of dueling pharmacare proposals and Canadians are the victors. At the end of April, the opposition NDP promised universal drug coverage for a list of essential medicines. Not to be outdone, the ruling Liberal party announced universal coverage for all drugs on the provincial formulary for youth under 25 years of age. Most health policy experts praised both proposals, myself included.