BC Medication Access Issues

CPFF patients and caregivers in BC are part of a group that have identified that BC isn’t keeping up with per capita expenditures on medications versus other provinces. This is particularly the case for treatments for IPF. The two treatments for IPF are funded in all other provinces (with the exception of one drug in Quebec). According to the video, by not funding these drugs, BC is increasing healthcare costs in other ways, such as hospital costs. Not to mention the toll lack of access to these treatments is having on patients and their caregivers.

To get the full story – click on the link to watch the video.

People in BC affected by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) make the case for the urgent need to have access to IPF treatments and call on the government to reimburse the two Health Canada approved treatments – Esbriet and Ofev. These treatments slow the progression of the disease that allows the individual with IPF to live longer and in some cases that can mean the difference between life and death as they wait for a lung transplant.

To get the full story – click on the link to watch the video.

If you’d like to be part of the campaign in BC, contact George Kaminsky, our CPFF board member in Vancouver at George.cpff@gmail.com.

If you would like to send a letter to your MLA in BC, here is a template letter that may help.