National Pharmacare ? Federal Government Launches Consultations

On April 13, 2016, the Federal government's Standing Committee on Health (HESA) held its 6th meeting of the parliamentary term and its first discussion of National Pharmacare.  The committee provided 40 minutes for witnesses (10 minutes for each) to present before the committee.  These presentations were followed by a question/answer session. The witnesses were: Department of Health (DOH) – Abby Hoffman, Scott Doidge Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) – Brent

New Treatment Now Available for Canadians with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

KIRKLAND, QC, April 20, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside Canada and the United States, announced today that KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) received conditional approval for the treatment of Canadians living with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumours express PD-L1 (as determined by a validated test) and who have disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy.  Patients with EGFR or ALK genomic tumour aberrations should have

Ontario Health Coalition – Ontario?s community hospital cuts worst in Canada: Report

Toronto – The data is irrefutable. Ontario’s cuts to hospital nursing care and hospital beds are the most severe of anywhere in Canada. In a new report Beyond Limits: Ontario’s Deepening Hospital Cuts Crisis released today, the Ontario Health Coalition finds that the cuts to community hospital care are a result of eight consecutive years of global funding for the province’s hospitals. Now, heading into

Nearly three-quarters of Ontario women hold incorrect belief that a Pap test detects sexually-transmitted infections

TORONTO, April 11, 2016 /CNW/ – Nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of Ontario women incorrectly believe a Pap test detects sexually-transmitted infections and almost half (48 per cent) believe a Pap test screens for vaginal cancer, shows a new survey commissioned by Cancer Care Ontario. The survey also found that almost half (49 per cent) of women surveyed don't know that cervical cancer is preventable. In 2015, approximately 640 women in Ontario were

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray Leads $5 Million Campaign: “Changing How We Live with Cancer”

$100,000 Gift from Senators Foundation and NHL Foundation OTTAWA, April 6, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) (@OICCSupport) today launched its first major fundraising campaign: Changing How We Live with Cancer, at the Canadian Tire Centre, sponsored by the Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation). "I am pleased to announce that we have now reached $1 million towards our $5 million goal," said Bryan Murray, General Manager of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club (@Senators) and Honorary Chair of the OICC Campaign. "With

Why medical marijuana should be exempt from sales tax

The authors are members of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council patient advisory committee: Lynne Belle-Isle (Canadian AIDS Society), Joanne Simons (Arthritis Society), Cody Lindsay (The Wellness Soldier), Jonathan Zaid (Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana), Sharon Baxter (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association), Sandy Smeenk (Improving the Lives of Children) and Jackie Manthorne (Canadian Cancer Survivor Network). While Canada engages in complex dialogue about how best