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Pan-Canadian Pharmacare

Rallying the HIV and hepatitis C communities for equitable and timely access to treatment 

No matter what people call it - pharmacare, a national drug plan, a public medicines plan - we’re all talking about the same thing. We need equitable, affordable and timely access to life-saving treatments. CTAC believes that everybody, regardless of economic means, should have access to life-saving drugs.

Since 1996, CTAC has been advocating for equitable access to treatment for people living with HIV in Canada. We believe that a pan-Canadian drug plan is essential to making access to treatment, care and support a reality for people living with HIV and HIV/hepatitis C co-infection. Pan-Canadian pharmacare will reduce illness and death among people living with and at risk of HIV and HIV/hepatitis C co-infection, and has the potential to stem the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C.

There are more than 71,000 people in Canada living with HIV, of whom 25% are unaware they are infected. And over 225,000 people have chronic hepatitis C, of whom 44% are undiagnosed.[1],[2]

An increasing number of coalitions and organizations are leading and joining campaigns to engage the public and political leaders in the movement to create a national drug plan. CTAC is also engaged in this campaigning.  We are a member of the Best Medicines Coalition and have endorsed the campaign4nationaldrugcoverage.ca. We will play a leadership role in informing, listening to, and mobilizing the community-based HIV and hepatitis C movements in Canada.     logo calling for national pharmacare  

Recent Pharmacare Headlines

New report: Coverage for new medicines in Canada’s public drug plans, 2015Mark Rovere ; Brett J Skinner 

Ontario Releases Summary of Minister’s Roundtable on Pharmacare

Pharmacare should be at the top of Trudeau’s agenda Danyaal Raza Steve Morgan 

The time has come for universal pharmacare - Roy Romanov and Greg Marchildon

Pharmacare is finally within reach: Goar - by Carol Goar

What's next for prescription drug coverage in Canada?  - Steve Barnes

Opinion: Time to end haphazard pharmacare coverage  - Aidan Hollis






Other campaigns or supporters of national pharmacare



Best Medicines Coalition

Canadian Doctors for Medicare

The Canadian Health Coalition   

Health Care Canada  

The CD Howe Institute  





Contact terry2@ctac.ca for more information