In A Better Prescription: Advice for a National Strategy on Pharmaceutical Policy in Canada, authors Steven G. Morgan, Marc-André Gagnon, Barbara Mintzes and Joel Lexchin posit a new pathway toward implementing a national drug coverage program.
“Canada needs a national strategy to fulfill its obligation to ensure universal access to necessary healthcare, including prescription drugs. A 2004 attempt at a national strategy for pharmaceutical policy failed because it lacked clear vision, logical planning and commitment from federal and provincial governments. The result of uncoordinated pharmaceutical policies in Canada has been more than a decade of poor system performance. In this essay, we present a framework for a renewed national strategy for pharmaceutical policy.”