Linkpad this week: Easing Into Summer

The Federal Parliament closed up shop for the Summer this week with legislatures across the country following suit. As federal and provincial legislators head back to their ridings for the summer BBQ circuit and thoughts begin to turn to pursuits of a more leisurely nature, we've identified a few odds and ends in health and pharma policy to include in your lakeside reading file!

The Better Care Faster coalition released its report on chronic disease management (CDM) in Ontario, highlighting the important of a collaborative approach to ensure innovative changes. Better Care Faster intends to meet with Ontario government representatives to propose an action plan to implement the recommendations included in their report.

In a three-part series on Huffington Post, Montreal economist Yanick Labrie explores the proposition that a national public pharmacare program in Canada would not achieve its desired objectives. Labrie states that such a plan would not achieve the expected savings, increase access to medicines or encourage innovation.

This week, Drs Tak Mak of the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto and Dennis Slamon of the University of California shared news of a major breakthrough to develop a new class of "sharpshooter" cancer drugs. Key supporters of this discovery have been the walkers and donors involved in the Shopper's Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers, as well as the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Genome Canada.

On September 7-8, Eli Lilly will have a team of 'Lilly Angels' walking in the Shopper's Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers.