News Item – Federal health minister vows to bring down ‘unacceptably high’ drug costs

Health Minister Jane Philpott pledged action Tuesday to bring down “unacceptably high drug costs” as she announced consultations on a suite of proposed regulatory changes related to a drug prices board designed to protect consumers.

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board — first created 30 years ago to ensure companies do not use monopolies to charge excessive costs — is now limited in its ability to protect consumers from high drug prices, Philpott said during lunchtime remarks hosted by the Economic Club of Canada.

“These consultations will help better equip the board to protect Canadians from excessive drug prices,” she said.

Full article at: CTV News