Task Force recommendations to benefit BC residents with diabetes

    VICTORIA, BC, June 3 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association supports
the Government of British Columbia's commitment to implement all of the
recommendations of the Pharmaceutical Task Force, as outlined in the report
released May 21, 2008.
    "The Canadian Diabetes Association applauds the Government of British
Columbia for continuing to support people living with and affected by diabetes
in the province," said Karen Philp, Vice President, Government Affairs, Acting
Vice President, Research, Professional Education, Canadian Diabetes
Association. "We're encouraged to see the Minister of Health demonstrate an
understanding of the benefits of investing in diabetes."
    The Canadian Diabetes Association presented recommendations for improving
diabetes management and care in BC to the Pharmaceutical Task Force in early
January 2008.
    According to the Canadian Diabetes Association's Diabetes Report 2005,
more than 305,000 British Columbians will be living with diabetes by 2010. The
direct cost of treating diabetes and its serious complications are estimated
to jump from $776-million in 2005 to nearly $1-billion by 2010.

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works in communities across the country
to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through our strong
nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals,
researchers, partners and supporters. In the struggle against this global
epidemic, our expertise is recognized around the world. The Canadian Diabetes
Association: setting the world standard. To learn more, visit diabetes.ca or
call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Brace, Manager, National Media
Relations, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7071,

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