Quebec Implementing Single Purchaser for Generic Drugs

Summary of the Globe and Mail article.

  • Quebec will seek competitive bids from companies for exclusive supply contracts for generic prescription drugs
  • In Quebec, pharmacists were often rebated up to 45 per cent of the price from the drug companies – fees that are illegal in most provinces; the new system caps rebates to pharmacists at 15%
  • Quebec spends $800 annually on generic drugs
  • Quebec could save 25 per cent to 35 per cent on its $800-million generic-drug bill

Read the entire Globe and Mail article June 28, 2017

Canadian Drug Companies Conflict of Interest in Clinical Practice Guidelines

Summary of the Globe and Mail Article.

  • Financial conflicts of interest are commonplace on guideline committees; 46% of the panelists involved in nine guideline documents received funding from companies that might benefit from a positive mention of their drugs
  • In 3 cases, more than 75 per cent of the panelists declared a conflict
  • In 2 cases, the guidelines were financed directly by the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Doctors rely on guideline panels; official clinical practice guidelines can have a dramatic impact on how drugs are prescribed.
  • Canada has no nationwide rules for conflicts of interest; guideline committees set their own conflict standards.
  • Pharmaceutical companies pay doctors to deliver speeches, act as consultants, teach continuing medical-education courses, fly to conferences and spearhead clinical trials, among other services.
  • The United States Physician Payments Sunshine Act compels companies to divulge all payments of $10 or more to doctors; Canada has no requirement for drug companies to divulge payments to doctors.

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Canadian Drug Companies Payments to Doctors and Health-Care Organizations

Summary of the Globe and Mail article.

    • Ten large Canadian drug companies paid $48 million to doctors and health-care-organizations in 2016
    • The payment disclosure was voluntary and was an aggregate number; critics say this is not transparent and meaningless
    • Only 10 of the 45 members  of a drug company consortium took part in the voluntary effort

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National Caregivers Day

Safely tucked into our subconscious

According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada calendar, April 4th was National Caregivers Day…and like most caregivers, I was too busy to pay it much attention!  So today, I thought it fitting I post something to recognize caregivers after all the focus we had at SLC on preparing a report for government on the topic. I was reminded of a satirical article that appeared in an online publication called the Onion*. (yikes, I hope my kids can do better than tucking me away in their subconscious!) Continue reading

Ode To A Schizophrenic Cactus

Schizophrenic Cactus celebrates Easter

With Easter celebrations soon upon us, I thought you might enjoy this poem sent to me by my friend Margaret…( you will remember Margaret from my first blog post – she endured considerable strife arising from a Representation Agreement signed by her husbands’ adult children that revoked her rights to care for her husband.  Sadly, Bob passed away in a nursing home from Alzheimers). Continue reading

Vancouver Policy Process Development Discussion

LPC New Policy Development Process

In 2016 the Liberal Party of Canada committed to finalizing a new Constitution and Bylaws. Of key importance is the bylaw pertaining to how EDAs and the Commissions will engage with our communities to gather information on issues of relevance that could influence policy and party platform. In Vancouver, Sunday, March 26, 5:30 – 7:30pm you can become informed on the new process and have input on how to make it work at the local level. This initiative is organized by four Vancouver EDAs and representatives from the BC Senior Liberals Commission.  Doug, MacDonald, National and Provincial Policy Chair for the Senior Liberals Commission will speak to the proposed BCSLC plan to support the national guidelines.



Liberalist Training

Rebooting Liberalist!

Liberalist, a software program for managing communications with registered Liberals has not always been described as “user intuitive!” Good news!  Your frustrations may soon be over.  This software program, available to all EDA’s and Commission members through their assigned Executive members, will soon be a breeze to use thanks to a series of training courses just announced by Michael Hack, Director Operations LPC BC. Continue reading

Affordable Housing for Seniors

We received these comments from “Diane” …Thank you for your support regarding seniors. Please support seniors who receive rent subsidies and live in a housing co-operative. Others, like myself, are living with the daily fear of becoming homeless in March of 2018. I can not afford market rent in the area in which I live and I am disabled and unable to move. Thank You! Please help!

Nothing is more revealing about the character of a society than the way it respects its elders. For any elder to live in daily dread of being turned out of their homes and of becoming homeless on the streets is not “who we are as Canadians”.  Diane’s comments come shortly after two other readers contacted us with concerns about Seniors housing. Maybe it is time to review the governments promises for Affordable Housing in the 2015 Platform. Do you have concerns about housing for Seniors? Let us hear from you! Remember…”better is always possible”.
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Update on Caucus Meeting

MP Randeep Sari, Surrey Centre

BC has a robust representation of talented MPs in the federal government to whom we had the privilege of presenting our In-Home SLC Policy Working Group recommendations on January 26th.

Despite being last on the agenda for the day, a time when one might think the members were on “over-load” and ready to head home, we had a very respectful, attentive and interactive audience, for which we were truly appreciative. Our topic was not unfamiliar to many of those present.

Chairperson, MP Randeep Sari, Surry Centre, kicked off the discussion part of our presentation by letting us know he is on the Immigration Committee and providing information on how the government is clearing the backlog of permanent residency applications filed by Caregivers; an achievement the government aims to complete by the end of 2017, after which time it is expected Caregiver applications will rise to previous levels of about 15,000 per year. Continue reading

Is Ageism In Mortgage Approval Discrimination?

What happens if you outlive your house?  Well, as Glen Frankland found out, the bank won’t make it easy for you to buy a new one if you are a senior! The following post was sent to us by Glen Frankland. Have you had a similar experience?  Are you aware of others who have? Please leave your comments. Let us know if you are interested in further discussion on this issue.

My name is Glen Frankland. I have lived and still do live in Sorrento in the North Okanagan—Shuswap riding for 10 ½ years. I’ve been voting Liberal since Trudeaumania and I’m a member of the Laurier Club.

Consider a mortgage applicant with a $50,000 down payment, a guaranteed stable income for life, no debts, and a credit score of 840. You’d think such an applicant would be a cinch for a mortgage approval, wouldn’t you? Well. You’d be wrong – if the applicant were a senior citizen. The reason? Seniors are not the standard, conventional, predictable customer whose application form conforms to bank policy in every way. The only time mortgage lenders want to deal with seniors is over a reverse mortgage. Continue reading