JointHealth™ express   May 1, 2012

Let BC PharmaCare hear “Your Voice”

Do you live with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or have had a sprain or have had orthopaedic (bone and joint) surgery, or a dental extraction? Do you care for someone, or does your organization represent people, with any of these medical conditions? You can provide feedback to British Columbia’s Ministry of Health about celecoxib (Celebrex®), for the relief of pain and swelling caused by any of these medical conditions, via a website called Your Voice.

Through this website, patients, caregivers, and patient groups can add their voices to the BC PharmaCare drug review process by filling out an online questionnaire.

The input is reviewed by the Drug Benefit Council, which then gives recommendations on whether a medication should be covered, and how, by BC PharmaCare. BC PharmaCare then makes a decision based on those recommendations and available resources. Policies and plans already in place also factor in the decision making process.

It is an opportunity for you to share your perspectives on medication decisions that affect you.

Please click here to let BC PharmaCare hear Your Voice. Or, go to the following links:

To view the information sheet for celecoxib: click here

For the Patient Questionnaire: click here

For the Caregiver Questionnaire: click here

For the patient group survey: click here. (Patient groups are required to register their name with the Ministry of Health before making their submission.)

The submission deadline is midnight on Thursday, May 17, 2012.