- Amend the Canada Health Act to include drugs on national formulary as an “insured health service”
- Provide additional funds to provinces/territories via the Canadian Health Transfer
- Develop a common national formulary maintained by CADTH
- Develop a transparent framework for pCPA and designate it as the common bulk buying agent for prescription drugs
- Align PMPRB’s mandate with CADTH’s policies & priorities
- Investigate pharmaceutical market practices to promote price reductions through greater competition
The 140-page report outlines an ambitious road forward for the future of pharmacare in Canada, particularly given the complexities of the existing public and private pharmaceutical reimbursement landscape. While the report makes clear its priority for a common national formulary, it simultaneously recognizes the need that it be implemented via the existing division of powers between the federal and provincial/territorial governments. As this phase of study comes to a close, the question becomes whether – and if so, how – these findings and recommendations will be considered by the recently established Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare as it studies, evaluates and recommends options for national pharmacare in 2018 and beyond.