OTTAWA, June 22, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Pharmacists Association
(CPhA) today launched Pharmacare 2.0 - a comprehensive multi-phased consultation to develop a national consensus
for a pan-Canadian pharmacare framework.
Renewed national discussion on a pan-Canadian pharmacare framework
requires clear evidence for policymakers and a clear national consensus
on priorities important to Canadians. CPhA, as the national voice of
Canadian pharmacists, is committed to gathering this evidence and
"Pharmacists are on the front lines when it comes to access to
affordable medication," said Carlo Berardi, Chair, Canadian Pharmacists
Association. "We understand the issue of pharmacare both in theory and
in practice. With Pharmacare 2.0, Canada's 39,000 pharmacists will use
their unique knowledge to ensure that all Canadians have access to
pharmacy services and appropriate drug therapies."
Pharmacare 2.0 is a four-stage policy development process designed to
build a Canadian consensus and reboot the pharmacare conversation.
Beginning immediately, CPhA will undertake consultation with key
stakeholders to develop principles, policies and priorities for
national pharmacare, leveraging pharmacists' first-hand knowledge of
existing barriers to appropriate drug therapies.
These findings will inform CPhA's advocacy efforts throughout the
federal election campaign, and help launch the creation of a Health
Care Consensus Working Group with partners in the broader health care
community. The Working Group will unveil its model for national
pharmacare in 2016 with the publication of the Pharmacare 2.0 White
"It's time to change the pharmacare narrative; governments' current
approach to improving affordability and access to drugs through a
singular preoccupation on reducing drug prices does not address the key
concerns of Canadians—improving health outcomes and the long- term
sustainability of public drug plans," said Perry Eisenschmid, CEO,
Canadian Pharmacists Association. "The focus of CPhA's pharmacare
initiative is building a sustainable health care system by providing
optimal patient-centred care at an affordable price."
CPhA believes that all Canadians should be able to access medically
necessary medications, regardless of income. Any future pharmacare
policy must address four key priorities:
Addressing gaps between private and public systems
Protecting Canadians from undue financial hardship
Protecting patient access to a stable supply of clinically and
Providing access to the full range of pharmacy services to achieve
better health, better care and better value.
Fundamental to CPhA's position is that a national pharmacare policy must
address the key issue of comparable levels of access to pharmacy
services across the country. Evidence clearly shows that optimal drug
therapy can only be achieved when Canadians have access to the full
range of services that pharmacists provide.
About the Canadian Pharmacists Association
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the uniting national
voice of pharmacy and the pharmacist profession in Canada. As
pharmacists undertake an enhanced role in the delivery of health care
services, CPhA ensures that the profession is recognized as a national
leader in health care, influencing the policies, programs, budgets and
initiatives affecting the profession and the health of Canadians. More
information is available at www.pharmacists.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Pharmacists Association
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