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e-2546 (Health)

E-petition
Initiated by Jocelyn James from Chiliwack, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • New medicines and vaccines help save and improve the lives of Canadians;
  • New therapeutics are revolutionizing medical care by, inter alia, targeting specific genes to address severe rare diseases like cystic fibrosis;
  • Medicine and vaccine developers already negotiate competitive discounts and rebates with governments and private benefit drug programs, and are already subject to federal and provincial regulations regarding prices;
  • Canadian patients and families desperately need medicines that keep them out of hospitals and vaccines and therapeutics to combat COVID-19;
  • Regulation and guideline changes to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2020, are so unclear, uncertain and unreasonable with respect to the regulated price ceilings of new medicines in Canada that developers have chosen to not introduce new medicines to the Canadian market and have reduced clinical research in this country; and
  • As a result of the changes to the federal price regulations, many Canadians with cancer, cystic fibrosis and other life-threatening diseases do not have access to medicines and clinical trials that could save, prolong or improve their lives.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to repeal the changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations that were adopted in August 2019; engage in substantive, transparent and evidence-based consultations with stakeholders on any changes to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board; and work with patients, clinicians, provincial health systems, researchers and medicine developers to inform the federal price review regime so that the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board does not obstruct access to new medicines and clinical trials.
Open for signature
April 20, 2020, at 4:36 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 20, 2020, at 4:36 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Mark Strahl
Chilliwack—Hope
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia
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