Pharma industry challenges Trudeau plan to lower drug prices | Power & Politics
Pharma industry challenges Trudeau plan to lower drug prices | Power & Politics Pharma industry challenges Trudeau plan to lower drug prices | Power & PoliticsA group representing big Pharma is taking the federal government to court over the feds attend to lower drug prices. Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world and a push to lower prices comes as political parties get ready to unveil their promises for drug Virginia election. Will this lawsuit Hammer those plans? Jeanette pedipod Taylor is the Minister of Health. She joins us now from Moncton High Minister nice to see you again thanks for making time city of nice to be here with you. Since this country’s pharmaceutical industry has filed a legal challenge against the government’s new drug price regulations, they say that you don’t have the authority to fundamentally change the role of the patented medicine prices review board by way of Regulation. Do they have a case? First and foremost, I can’t specifically in the lawsuit for the the judicial review requesting, but what I can say is that we have worked over the past three years to modernize the patented medicine prices review board. We have consulted with stakeholders and Canadians, as we certainly want to make sure we get this done right cannabis amongst one of the top three countries that pays the highest price for medication in the world, and we certainly want to make sure that we lower the cost Of prescription medication, when I became Canada’s Health Minister, it was very clear. My mandate letter that told me expected me to work with provinces and territories to make pharmaceutical the medications more affordable for Canadians and moving forward with the patented medicine prices review modernization. We certainly will be able to save a significant amount of money. We want to move forward with a national pharmacare program. We’Ve made it very clear. The first thing we have to do is to lower the cost of prescription medication to make sure that our program is sustainable, and this is a step in the right direction. Did you expect at your government, expect this type of legal Challenge, and did you get a legal opinion prior to introducing the measure that you did, I’m not surprised by the legal challenge that has been launched today? We certainly recognize that companies don’t want to lose any profits moving forward. We have consulted with our legal teams and again I certainly can’t comment on the actual judicial review process, but our lawyers will be working through that process filed is that there they are taking issue with the fact that this was introduced through legislation story right through regulation. Rather than legislation, why do it by regulation versus legislation? Galatians me, the work that needs to be done was really regulatory type of work. We wanted to make sure that we got it done right in that, so either be open quite a significant length of time. For the consultation process think most Canadians to hear a different point of view. This group and questions directly had many opportunities to provide us with their feedback, be consulted and also we’ve really evaluated and considered all the feedback that was received and moving forward with the regulation. The proposed by the package that was brought forwarded in August of this year just last month. You mentioned that this was part and parcel of a national pharmacare program. Yesterday pharmacare program on provinces that don’t want it that does not sound like Universal National pharmacare. To me, does that mean that your party won’t be promising Universal Furniture in the next election? Actually, I think what the Prime Minister said yes or yesterday was very consistent with them. I’Ve said all along since we’ve been working at or the national pharmacare program. We’Ve made it very clear that moving forward with a national pharmacare program is not something that we can do overnight. Over the past three years, I’ve been working in our government has been working to never went lower the price of the prescription. We’Ve introduced the changes with the patented medicine prices review board, but even before that, we joined provinces and territories as members of the pain, Canadian, pharmaceutical Alliance, where we’ve been able to vote purchase medication with provinces and territories billion dollars a year so moving forward, we’ve also Made it clear that just like Medicare, when it was put in place V over 50 years ago, promises is put off in to the Medicare program. It took several years to make sure that all provinces, especially opted-in, but when it comes to a national pharmacare program, we’ve been clear. The federal government is constitutionally, it’s not legal. However, we certainly do want to encourage all provinces and territories to join us, because at the end of the day, we want to make sure that all Canadians have access to a national pharmacare program that families don’t have to choose between putting food on your table. In purchasing prescription medication provinces would have the option to opt out of whatever is proposed. I take your point that it with Medicare that’s the way it will.. Does that mean that if you do proposed Universal National pharmacare in the next election that it could be decades before the entire country is under such a program? Well, if you look at the Medicare program, it took 10 years for all provinces and territories to opt-in. I would truly hope that the leadership at the provincial level is going to want to do what is best for their constituents of the people that they serve. I know that I’ve been at the door the past few months and I hear a lot of people talking to me with great interest about moving forward with a national pharmacare program Doctor Eric Hoskins during the review and during the committee work that was done with all Provinces and territories – I said promises were actually very optimistic and the the word that he used was cautiously optimistic that we were going to be able to move forward. People were interested and as a federal government, we certainly recognize that. That’S the question right: cuz, I’m sure the promises that have expressed concern being Quebec and Ontario primarily are worried about what kind of cost might be downloaded on that and that’s. Why that the work that we’re doing right now to lower the cost of prescription medication, is that foundational piece that needs to be play, and we certainly recognize that we’re not expecting the provinces and territories to flip the entire bill for a national pharmacare program. We know that there is going to be a cost incurred, however, we’re moving for the foundational work, as I really trust and believe that Canadians want us to move forward. Is it that missing link to our Medicare program as we have it now? I understand that lowering drug costs is part of that, but it’s not the entire cost Associated when you say that cost will have to be incurred. Will there be a part of your election promise, a breakdown of what will be expected to pay if your program actually comes through as you’re? Well aware, we haven’t rolled over platform as of yes, I will be doing that in the very near future with the provinces and territories, but will there be a cost to provinces of cost incurred? What what does that mean? It might entail a long time since it’s our Hoskins report, the conclusion of it that you’ll be looking towards some sort of national Universal pharmacare plan. I’M just simply asking what burden will the provinces have to bear patients at this point in time? If we want to move forward with a national program, the federal government recognizes that money is also going to have to be put on the table with respect to the formulary right now I don’t have that information for you and again we will be thoroughly rolling it Out in due time, are you worried about a decrease in bargaining power? It part of the Allure, I guess, of a national program in a tree to your government. Credit. Of course, you’ve already started the ball rolling on this is an increase in buying and bargaining power. Is black with a combined population of this country at 61 %? Off. Of that? Does that lessen the negotiating power that the government might have? I think we have to look at right now in this country alone. In Canada, we look at the number of prescription programs that are out there. We have over a hundred thousand private insurance companies that are negotiating on their own medication, so the negotiation power forward. With this program, we will have a bigger negotiation power, but as we as we move forward, we certainly recognize that it can’t be worse than what it is. Now. We have a hundred thousand a different plans that are out there, but it’s not the standard again, because Ontario Quebec are the ones that have voice that concern. The together combined either they’re worth their about 60 % of the country’s population. If you remove them from the equation, yes it’s a bit better than it is now, but is it really the full potential of what your governor saying it’s possible? I would say that she is actually better than a bit better than it is now again if I’ve indicated if we have a hundred thousand plans that are out there, I get your point. There’s two provinces that opted out, but I’m very optimistic and knowing that Canadians Fact that provinces and territories and federal government should work together in order to increase access to healthcare services in that include the pharmacare program. It is going to take time we completed, restore that this work gets done and also gets that appropriately, even just a regulation that we’ve announced to just three weeks ago. They perhaps weren’t popular regulations, and you know in the Pharma industry, but we recognize it’s the right thing to do: High Cost of prescription medication that were paying. We want to get this right and we want to make sure that we meet the needs of all Canadians. As we move forward, okay, Minister, before I let you go just one more question around a different topic reports out of the us earlier today indicate that four people have now died in that country. King related lung illness, that’s on top of the 450 possible cases of people experiencing severe lung illness. That’S linked to vaping. How closely are you monitoring the issue and should Canadians be worried, I’m not taking action. This is a father really really concerned about just as many Canadians I go out there and I see that you know many youth vaping out there. That’S why that our government took action last year by introducing The Vaping at all, we’ve put some regulations in place. We are so we are also in the process right now introducing a consultation process for more amendments that need to be done, as we certainly want to do all that we can to make sure that vaping is not appealing to children. It’S a great concern and we are following the matter closely and also I’ve instructed my do whatever they can and to take appropriate action to make sure that our regulations are really the best in the world from Moncton in politics. See more of our show by subscribing to the CBC News Channel or click the link for another video thanks for watching A Canadian pharmaceutical group is filing a lawsuit to challenge the Trudeau government’s plan to overhaul the way Ottawa regulates the costs of drugs.
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