Pierre Fréchette Elected Chair of Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association

    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association
(CGPA) is pleased to announce the election of Pierre Fréchette, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Sandoz Canada, as Chair of CGPA.
    Mr. Fréchette is a member of CGPA's Executive Committee and Board of
Directors and, until his election to the Chair position, fulfilled the role of
Vice Chair of CGPA.
    "My goal is to help create the best environment for building a
world-class Canadian generic pharmaceutical industry," Mr. Fréchette said.
"CGPA will work to create more jobs, increase R&D spending and attract more
investment, while increasing the availability of high quality affordable
generic medicines for Canadians and the international community."
    Mr. Fréchette noted that, while generic pharmaceuticals already fill half
of all prescriptions in Canada for only 22 percent of the $20-billion
Canadians spend annually on prescription drugs, there is still significant
room for growth, and additional health-care savings, when compared to other
    "Given the uncertain economic outlook, it is more important than ever for
us to work with governments, employers, unions, patients and our partners in
the pharmacy community to maximize the value generic prescription medicines
provide to Canadians, and increase their role in helping to preserve
health-care services," Mr. Fréchette said.
    With more than 26 years of domestic and international experience in the
health-care industry, Mr. Fréchette has served as President and Chief
Executive Officer of Sandoz Canada since 2004. He joined Sabex, which was
subsequently purchased by Sandoz, as President and Chief Operating Officer in
2002 following the transaction with RoundTable Healthcare Partners. Before
joining Sabex, he held a variety of executive positions in marketing, business
development and manufacturing at Baxter International.
    Mr. Fréchette said he is also excited that Canada will be hosting for the
first time the annual International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance (IGPA)
Conference, which will be held in Montreal from September 30 through October
2, 2009.

    About the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association

    The Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA) represents
Canada's generic drug industry - a dynamic group of companies that specialize
in the production of high quality, affordable generic drugs and fine chemicals
and in conducting the clinical trials required for government approval of
generic drugs. The industry plays an important role in controlling health-care
costs in Canada. Generic drugs are dispensed to fill 50 per cent of all
prescriptions but account for only 22 per cent of the $20-billion Canadians
spend annually on prescription medicines.

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Connell, Director of Public Affairs,
Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA), Tel: (416) 223-2333,
Email: jeff@canadiangenerics.ca, Website: www.canadiangenerics.ca

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