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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.

Moderna

Domestic, publicly-owned production key for Canada’s vaccine-security

Moderna’s new, Quebec-based vaccine manufacturing facility is not a cause for celebration, it’s another signal that the government is putting ...
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Far from a utopian idea, pharmacare is a policy that’s both practical and urgently needed

Far from a utopian idea, pharmacare is a policy that’s both practical and urgently needed

More Canadians report being unable to afford medication even as the government sits on a report that offers a way ...
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Take action for pharmacare

Take action for pharmacare

The cost-of-living crisis has made the need for universal pharmacare more urgent than ever. Email your MP, Health Minister Duclos ...
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Pharma pills

Their pharmacare plan and ours

Pharmacare legislation is coming – but it remains to be seen if it will be a public plan...or Big Pharma’s ...
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Why we’re about to hear that Big Pharma is the victim

with pharmacare legislation coming, Financial post asks canadians to pity big pharma 

Originally published in The Breach, on August 19th, 2022. It is a peculiar time, to put it mildly, to be ...
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Lowest common-denominator deal for COVID-19 tools shows just how broken WTO is

Lowest common-denominator deal for COVID-19 tools shows just how broken WTO is

STATEMENT BY 298+ ORGANIZATIONS: Governments Must Break Big Pharma-WTO Stranglehold on Access to Medicine by Taking Immediate Action to Prioritize ...
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Trudeau: Time for Canada to Support a Full TRIPS Waiver

Send your MP this open letter supporting a People’s Vaccine

The Canadian Government, backed by an enormous push from the powerful pharmaceutical lobby, is supporting industry-friendly intellectual property rules that ...
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Trudeau: Time for Canada to Support a Full TRIPS Waiver

PRESS RELEASE: Prominent Canadian and international figures urge PM Trudeau to back the global call for a patent waiver

Health and justice advocates say Canada has been “out of step with the rest of the world.” THE COUNCIL OF ...
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