October 23, 2013
VANCOUVER – Physicians in BC and across the country are pleased to hear that the BC government has restored funding to the Therapeutics Initiative (TI), a program that ensures safe and effective prescription drugs in British Columbia.
"We’re thrilled to see that the government has reinstituted funding for the Therapeutics Initiative," said Dr. Vanessa Brcic, board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. "It’s a critical source of valuable bias-free information, and as physicians, we’re happy to see that its good work will continue."
Earlier this month, Canadian Doctors for Medicare spearheaded an open letter to restore funding to the TI, which included signatories from PharmaWatch, the Public Health Association of BC, RxISK, the Canadian Health Coalition and individuals such as Marc-Andre Gagnon and Dr. Joel Lexchin. CDM also established a petition that garnered over 1500 signatures, including those of hundreds of physicians from BC and around the world.
The Therapeutics Initiative was established in 1994. It conducts independent assessment of scientific studies to provide government and health professionals with evidence-based, unbiased information and recommendations about the effectiveness and safety of new prescription drugs.
“We’re pleased to be able to continue to prescribe with confidence based on the rigorous review provided by the TI, ensuring the most appropriate and least risky treatments for our patients,” said Brcic.
For more information:
Alissa Von Bargen, Canadian Doctors for Medicare
T: 416-351-3300 C: 647-230-9164