Drugs for rare disorders among discussions at conference of provincial and territorial ministers of health

Discussions at the conference of provincial and territorial ministers of health began Jan. 20, 2016 with the BC Health Coalition making strides to get the province’s “public health care back on track,” including drugs for unusual diseases.

The Conference of Provincial Territorial Ministers of Health takes place Jan. 20-21 at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. Photo: Jocelyn Aspa

The Conference of Provincial Territorial
Ministers of Health takes place Jan. 20-21 at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. Photo: Jocelyn Aspa

Launched May 2015, the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD) and the Economic Club of Canada implemented a strategy that “calls for national standards for newborn screening, centres of expertise, sustainable access to treatments and dedicated funding for rare disease research.” 

In a news release, Durhane Wong-Rieger, President and CEO of CORD, said the strategy is achievable.

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