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Pharmacare

Canada is the only country in the world to have a universal health care system that does not include prescription medication. And we pay some of the highest drug costs in the world. A publicly funded, universal drug coverage program – also known as pharmacare – would provide all Canadians with access to the prescription medicines they need. People would be healthier and many would no longer have the economic burden of paying for medications out-of-pocket. Canadian employers would also benefit by not having to include expensive drug plans in employees’ benefit packages.

The idea of a universal public pharmacare program is overwhelmingly popular with Canadians, but Big Pharma lobbyists have been pulling out all the stops to prevent its realization. We must demand that our governments confront the bullying tactics of Big Pharma and give Canadians access to the medicines they need.

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Pundits regularly attacked pharmacare without disclosing Big Pharma ties

Pundits regularly attacked pharmacare without disclosing Big Pharma ties

Dozens of op-eds opposing pharmacare from think tank analysts did not reveal their authors’ conflicts of interest ...
A Prescription for Profit

Keep corporate-funded experts out of pharmacare committee!

Write to the Standing Committee on Health and other key decision makers to demand that they keep Big Pharma-funded “experts” ...
The Conference Board of Canada: Putting a respectable face on Big Pharma spin

The Conference Board of Canada: Putting a respectable face on Big Pharma spin

When the Pharmacare Act came up for debate in the House of Commons, Conservative MPs rose to speak against it ...
Big Pharma's Intellectual Echo Chambers

Big Pharma’s ‘Intellectual Echo Chambers’ and the fight to lower drug prices in Canada  

In 1998, a tobacco industry lobbyist John F. Scruggs coined the term “echo chamber” in a memo to his employer ...
Federal budget a missed opportunity to secure pharmacare’s future

Federal budget a missed opportunity to secure pharmacare’s future

Budget 2024 casts doubt on whether the Liberals have the resolve to face down corporate pressure and implement and expand ...
A Prescription for Profit

A Prescription For Profit

Damning new exposé reveals how Big Pharma and the insurance industry are funding think tanks to spread misinformation on pharmacare ...
Federal Budget Response: 2024

FEDERAL BUDGET RESPONSE: 2024

The 2024 Federal Budget is a clear attempt by the Liberal government to appeal to popular progressive sentiments without making ...
Federal budget falls short on pharmacare promise 

Federal budget falls short on pharmacare promise 

Press Release For Immediate Release Statement from Nikolas Barry-Shaw, Council of Canadians campaigner for public pharmacare: OTTAWA – “This budget ...