Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy 13(1) August 2017 : 10-16.doi:10.12927/hcpol.2017.25195
Discussion and Debate

The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Canadian Government: Folie à Deux

Joel Lexchin

The interest of the pharmaceutical industry is in achieving a profit for its shareholders while the interest of the Canadian government should be in protecting public health. However, over the course of the past few decades the actions of the Canadian government have been tilted in favour of industry in two areas. The first is in the relationship between industry and Health Canada and is manifested in the regulation of clinical trials, the drug approval system, drug safety and promotion. The second is in economic policy as it applies to policies about patent protection, the price of medications and measures taken to incentivize research and development. The problems in the relationship are structural and will only be solved through systemic changes.



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