Here we go again. Big Pharma continues to hold Canadians hostage with unfounded claims & threats like these.

A 🧵 on why statements like this are ultimately only rhetoric, not reality.

1/n
nationalpost.com/news/politics/…
Canada ALREADY has some of the highest prices & highest rates of drug spending in the world.

We own the podium here.

2/n
Yet, countries that reign in prices much better than we do, German, the UK, Sweden, France, have more investment in R&D despite this.

(Yes, I can see you gesturing to Switzerland & the US. Hold on for 2 tweets.)

3/n
canada.ca/en/patented-me…
Yes, these countries have lower drug prices AND more direct R&D investment, despite the fact that Pharma keeps claiming they need high prices for high investment.

In Canada, it's a very different story: soaring revenue & sagging investment.

4/n

cbc.ca/news/health/dr…
Prices are not linked to the level of R&D in a country, despite Pharma claims.

What is? Location of head offices, trial infrastructure and scientific clusters.

Not prices.

5/n

theconversation.com/debunking-the-…
We’ve been here before. Pharma has been making these claims for decades. We've always caved.

This is just the latest in their attempt to prevent a fair deal for Canada.

6/n
Tweet @PattyHajdu & @PMPRB_CEPMB. Let them know we have their back. Follow legislators like @DonDavies who are pushing too.

Chins up & stiff spines. We can't afford to lose another fight with Big Pharma.

7/7

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11 May
Should we use the Canada Health Act to reform long-term care?

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It has become blindingly clear that LTC requires massive change. The balance of evidence supports moving away from private, for-profit care in favour of public and private not-for-profit care. Of course, this isn't a silver bullet & many other reforms are needed.

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Where I differ from some, is in the use of the Canada Health Act to get us there.

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