Four ways to make pharmacare work for Canadians

Canada only developed country with a universal healthcare system that does not include universal coverage of prescription drugs

Four ways to make pharmacare work for CanadiansA growing number of health professionals, patients, community groups and even politicians are calling for national pharmacare. But many Canadians likely wonder what pharmacare is and whether Canada is ready for it. Let’s start at the beginning. Affordable access to safe and properly prescribed prescription medicines is so critical to patient health that the World…

Canadian employers waste $5B a year on inefficient drug coverage

Money would be better spent on increasing salaries and improving other benefits such as dental care

Canadian employers waste $5B a year on inefficient drug coverageThere is certainly a lot of waste in health systems, but one area that seems to have escaped close scrutiny is the waste in private drug plans in Canada. Estimated at over $5 billion a year, this waste represents over half of the annual prescription drug bill paid by private insurers in Canada and is…

Health Canada breaks its own rules on pharmaceutical advertising

New study shows repeated infractions for wide range of drugs over a decade

Health Canada breaks its own rules on pharmaceutical advertisingBy Barbara Mintzes University of British Columbia and Joel Lexchin York University A handsome man struts over to the office water cooler with a smirk on his face. When his colleagues ask about his weekend, he replies enthusiastically, with audio muted. A large blue pill appears with the tagline, “Viagra, Ask Your Doctor.” Vibrant, energetic…
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