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01 May 2019
The 2018 Federal Budget announced the creation of an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare (for further details please see "Federal Budget 2018 announces advisory council for national pharmacare programme"). On 6 March 2019 the advisory council delivered its interim report with three initial recommendations:
The advisory council indicated that the final report should be issued in the coming months.
On 19 March 2019 the federal government delivered the 2019 Federal Budget, which reflects these recommendations. In particular, the government plans to create:
While the mandate for the Canadian Drug Agency is still in development, it will "be able to provide impartial and independent advice so that drug evaluation and price negotiation could be carried out by a single, coordinated entity".
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