JointHealth™ express   August 21, 2006

In September 2004, as part of the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care, First Ministers directed federal, provincial and territorial health ministers to establish a ministerial task force to develop the National Pharmaceuticals Strategy (NPS). Five priority areas were identified by the task force:
  • Real world" drug safety and effectiveness
  • Expensive drugs for rare diseases
  • Drug pricing and purchasing
  • Catastrophic drug coverage
  • Common drug formulary
The Best Medicines Coalition (BMC) is a grassroots group of consumer and advocate organizations that represents millions of Canadians living with or affected by chronic disease or illness. The BMC is committed to working together with the National Pharmaceuticals Strategy task force to ensure safe, timely and equitable access to the best medicines for all Canadians. The BMC believes it is essential to have informed consumers and patients meaningfully involved in the important discussions taking place as they are the people affected by the policies being developed.

The BMC calls you to action

The BMC encourages you to get involved by writing your provincial Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) or Member of Provincial Parliament and your federal Member of Parliament (MP) and ask them to make the National Pharmaceuticals Strategy development a priority. Tell them that consumers and patients must be involved in the decision-making around timely, equitable access to the best medicines in Canada.

To read more about the Best Medicines Coalition and the National Pharmaceutical Strategy, click here.

Write or email your MLA or MPP and MP
To find your MP click here. This site provides you both with email and mail addresses for MPs. If you do not have internet access call: 1-800-O-Canada (1 800 622-6232).

To find your Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) or your Member of Provincial Parliament (ON), go to your provincial government website and click on members and/or MLA finder.