In the wake of the Council of the Federation meetings, Kristina M. Lybecker and Nadeem Esmail warn the provinces to 'tread carefully on bulk drug purchases'. Lybecker and Esmail point to the risks and tradeoffs of bulk purchasing agreements which may negatively impact patients - potentially narrowing the choice of preferred therapy, both in terms of price and effectiveness. As I have stressed previously, the importance of access to medicines and patient-centred care cannot be understated.
Read the article: Tread carefully on bulk drug purchases. National Post.
This week, Health Canada responded to Dr. Jake Thiessen's independent review of the Ontario's cancer drug supply chain. While Dr. Thiessen's work focused on Ontario, Health Canada has committed to working with the provinces and territories to develop a longer-term solution to ensure patient safety and better patient outcomes.
Read the Health Canada news release: Health Canada Responds to the Thiessen Report
Read the Government of Ontario news release: Dr. Jake Thiessen's Report - Findings and Recommendations
Canadian Blood Services has issued an urgent request for Canadians to donate blood. While the summer months are always a challenging time for blood donations, Canadian Blood Services has found this summer to be of particular concern.
To book an appointment to donate blood, you can call Canadian Blood Services at 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6238) or book your appointment online.
In Quebec, where blood donations are run by Héma-Québec, you can call 1 800 343-SANG (7264).