Media Advisory - New Report by Health Council of Canada Reveals Progress on National Pharmaceuticals Strategy is at a Standstill

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - In 2004, the National Pharmaceuticals Strategy
brought together the provincial, territorial, and federal governments to
tackle key areas of pharmaceutical policy reform, particularly patient safety
and affordability. After nearly 5 years, progress on the strategy has stalled.
The Health Council of Canada will be releasing a report on the progress of
this initiative and outlining why they believe the National Pharmaceuticals
Strategy remains a prescription unfilled.

    WHAT:  The Health Council of Canada will release The National
           Pharmaceuticals Strategy: A Prescription Unfilled

    WHO:   Dr. Alex Gillis, Government Representative, Nova Scotia, Health
           Council of Canada; Clinician and Administrator, IWK Health Centre,

           Dr. Ian Bowmer, Vice Chair, Health Council of Canada; Executive
           Director, Medical Council of Canada; Former Dean, Faculty of
           Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland

           John Abbott, CEO, Health Council of Canada

    WHERE: Royal York Hotel
           100 Front Street W
           Toronto, Ontario
           Algonquin Room, Main Mezzanine

    WHEN:  Friday, January 30, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


    The Health Council of Canada, created by the 2003 First Ministers' Accord
on Health Care Renewal is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of
health care renewal in Canada. Councillors were appointed by the participating
provinces, territories and the Government of Canada. For information on the
Health Council of Canada and to view past reports, visit

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Pierre Lachaine, Health Council of Canada - Media Relations, Phone (416)
480-7085, Cell (416) 779-4532,; Alison Reed,
Temple Scott Associates for Health Council of Canada, Phone (416) 360-6183
ext. 227, Cell (416) 890-7049,; Miranda Germani, Temple Scott
Associates for Health Council of Canada, Phone (416) 360-6183 ext. 238, Cell
(416) 882-4711,

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