November 16th, 2023

Canada’s healthcare system is strained. It was always strained. It was designed that way. The United States healthcare system has excess capacity. Costs are constrained by insurance companies requiring pre-approval before non-emergency interventions. Physicians and hospitals typically have [...]

August 28th, 2021

"The body responsible for pricing patented drugs in Canada — the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) — has proposed changes to lower the cost of drugs, which are scheduled to come into effect in January 2022. While [...]

June 25th, 2021

"Like father, like son. In the 1970s, Trudeau senior brought in price controls to combat inflation. They failed miserably. On July 1, Trudeau junior’s government will activate new Patented Medicines Price Review Board (PMPRB) regulations that will bring [...]

June 15th, 2021

"The federal Patented Medicines Price Review Board thinks companies would be happy to sell Canada their new drugs for much less than they get in many other 36 OECD countries. It doesn’t look like they’re right." [...]

May 11th, 2021

May 11, 2021 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2 Subject: Delay and reconsider the PMPRB regulations Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, I am writing on behalf of LSTN [...]

June 11th, 2020

As we battle the pandemic, we should remember that cancer kills 7,000 Canadians every month and put the same effort into reducing that sad toll. In the three months since COVID-19 started shutting down the country, about 8,000 Canadians have [...]

August 4th, 2015

Interesting new research suggests that the burden of proof required by Canada’s health technology assessment (HTA) process for new drugs is too rigid and unfairly excludes many treatments for rare disorders from public drug insurance coverage...

January 29th, 2015

We are concerned Canadians who have been impacted deeply by cancer. One of us (Stewart) is a cancer physician who has seen far too many patients die; the other (Bradford) is a cancer survivor who has recently lost his beloved wife to cancer. She was directly affected by the issues we raise below...