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Canadian panel calls for universal public prescription drug coverage

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian advisory council studying prescription drug coverage said on Wednesday the federal government should create a C$ 15.3 billion ($ 11.5 billion) universal, single-payer public pharmacare system, and warned that the current framework requires significant reforms. A pharmacist counts prescription drugs at the at the CentreTown Pharmacy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,… Read More »

A generic drug from Argentina offers cystic fibrosis families hope

UK campaigners protesting for access to the Orkambi in 2017Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/Shutterstock By Clare Wilson “She’s our child, nothing else matters – I’d lose my house before I take her off the treatment,” says Nina White from Kent, mum of seven-year-old Beatrice. Beatrice has cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition causing progressive worsening of lung function, which… Read More »

World’s most expensive drug costs $US2m

Gene therapy drug Zolgensma has become the world’s most expensive drug, with the one-time treatment priced at $ US2.1255 million ($ A3 million). Swiss drugmaker Novartis has won US approval for its gene therapy Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of death in infants. Novartis executives defended the price, saying that… Read More »