Discussions of a National Pharmacare Program have typically centered around two goals: increasing access to drugs and controlling costs. While IVSED does not dispute the value of these goals, we all would like to highlight four additional health which can be best realized by a well-structured, democratically accountable National Pharmacare Program. These are to:
Improve drug safety and effectiveness and define parameters for access to drugs that prioritize the values of balance, fairness and justice
Take into account collective opportunity gains
Reduce conflict of interest in drug decision-making
To see IVSED’s full brief to the Health Standing Committee (HESA) of the House of Commons, December 31, 2016, click HERE.