Media Advisory - Focus on Cancer Drugs



    OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW/ - Dr. Jennifer Knox, kidney cancer specialist, and
other cancer experts will testify before the Standing Committee on Health
about how some of the recent decisions made by the Common Drug Review (CDR)
are undermining physicians' duty of care by preventing access to breakthrough
cancer treatments.
    In addition to questioning the CDR's effectiveness, the experts
presenting at this Focus on Cancer Drugs hearing will also discuss on the lack
of transparency in the CDR process, lack of timely access to drugs and share
views, recommendations and concerns as to the role and implementation of the
Joint Oncology Drug Review (JODR).
    Dr. Knox was invited to present at the Standing Committee on Health
hearing as part of their evaluation of the effectiveness - and future role -
of the CDR.

    
    WHAT:  STUDY OF THE COMMON DRUG REVIEW:  FOCUS ON CANCER DRUGS
           The Standing Committee on Health has asked selected cancer experts
           to testify as part of their evaluation of the effectiveness of the
           CDR.

    WHEN:  April 30, 2007
           3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Standing Committee meeting
           2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - On-site interviews opportunities
           (*) Regional interviews can be arranged as needed

    WHERE: 237-C Centre Block
           Parliament Hill
           Ottawa, ON

    ON-SITE MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:
           Interviews can be arranged with:
           - Dr. Jennifer Knox, kidney cancer specialist
           - Tony Clark, kidney cancer patient
           - Dr. William Hryniuk, Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada (CACC)
           B-roll will be made available

    REGIONAL MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:
                Interviews can be arranged with leading Canadian cancer
                experts in the following regions:

    Vancouver   Dr. Christian Kollmannsberger, Director of Medical Oncology
    Edmonton    Dr. Scott North, Medical Oncologist
    Toronto     Dr. Jennifer Knox, Renal Oncologist
    Hamilton    Dr. Anil Kapoor, Urologist
    Montreal    Dr. Pierre Karakiewicz, Urologic Oncologist
    





For further information:

For further information: Steven Lott, Communications Director, Ward
Health Strategies, (905) 577-6200 ext. 424, (905) 928-5688 (cell),
slott@wardhealth.com

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