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Ontario Drug Benefit Program: A Change in Policy

The generic pharmaceutical industry in Canada began its meteoric growth when the Trudeau liberals passed a law allowing small Canadian companies to sell patented pharmaceuticals under a “compulsory licensing” arrangement. The law was in force long enough to build a truly effective generic industry but was repealed when the Mulroney conservatives came into power, supposedly Continue Reading

Why Is the Canadian Government Killing the Generic Drug Industry?

There is a hidden continuing battle in the Canadian pharmaceutical industry. It pits Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (mostly international and trade-name companies) against the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA). The CGPA are companies that produce pharmaceuticals after the patent has expired. The battle also involves the Food and Drug Directorate, whose mandate is to supervise Continue Reading

Massive Changes Needed

Timid politicians block meaningful changes in the delivery of Health Care. The major preoccupation for all politicians is to get elected and then re-elected. Everything politicians do is measured in terms of how it affects their chances in the coming elections. Governments, both provincial and federal are involved in many issues, such as soft-wood lumber, Continue Reading

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