- Canada's innovative pharmaceutical industry ready to do its part for
OTTAWA, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Today's release of a new report entitled
"From Innovation to Action" by the Council of the Federation (CoF)
during their summer meeting in Halifax is welcomed by the members of
Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D).
"We support the general direction and focus on tangible action in this
report and welcome the opportunity to partner with governments to
develop enduring solutions to improve health outcomes for Canadians,"
stated Rx&D President Russell Williams from Halifax. "Access to
innovative medicines and vaccines has proven to deliver better health,
better care and better value to Canadians."
The new report stems from a six-month study undertaken by Premiers
Robert Ghiz (Prince Edward Island) and Brad Wall (Saskatchewan) to
deliver innovative solution suggestions for provincial and territorial
adoption. Included in the report are recommendations to address:
Better health human resource planning;
Adoption of successful team-based models that utilize allied health
professionals to the full scope of their respective professional
Clinical practice guidelines for treating Canadians with heart disease
and diabetes; and
Joint purchasing strategies for pharmaceuticals.
"The innovative pharmaceutical sector has demonstrated the expertise and
capacity to partner with governments especially in the prevention and
management of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes,"
added Williams. "Moreover, as all provinces are rightly focused on
primary care reform and age-in-place strategies, better access and the
appropriate use of new medicines, especially as a front-line
intervention will become more prevalent. Only by working together with
government can we improve the health of Canadians and ensure our health
system is sustainable for this and future generations."
Rx&D also sounded a note of caution with respect to the procurement of
"We are committed to work with all governments to improve access to
medicines through innovative approaches. We must ensure that Canadians
and medical professionals have access to the most appropriate medicines
and guard against practices that put cost containment ahead of patient
health and safety. For example, we must heed the lessons learned from
the recent drug shortages experience and ensure that the security of
supply of medicines for Canadians is not compromised," concluded
Rx&D is the association of leading research-based pharmaceutical
companies dedicated to improving the health of Canadians through the
discovery and development of new medicines and vaccines. Our community
represents 15,000 men and women working for 50 member companies and
invests more than $1 billion in research and development each year to
fuel Canada's knowledge-based economy.
Guided by our Code of Ethical Practices, our membership is committed to
working in partnership with governments, healthcare professionals and
stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.
SOURCE: CANADA'S RESEARCH-BASED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES (RX&D)
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