The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) acknowledged and thanked the Pacific Hepatitis C Network for being one of 17 patient groups who have contributed five or more patient input submissions to their Common Drug Reviews (CDR).
CADTH Common Drug Reviews, and the patient group input reports that are part of them, are important steps towards getting new treatments more widely available in Canada and BC. They allow patients to have their voices heard in the Canadian drug approval process. They allow patients to explain what it’s like to live with their diseases day-to-day. They allow patients to explain what nobody else can explain.
CADTH’s first Call for Patient Input was issued in May 2010. Three patient groups responded to it. That first review was for Actemra, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. It was said that, “The groups provided insight and their unique perspectives into the CADTH Common Drug Review’s (CDR) assessment of Actemra.” Over the years, the insight has continued to be sent in by patient groups and used by CADTH.
Since 2010, CADTH has received 297 patient input submissions from 114 groups for Common Drug Reviews. This patient input has contributed to 142 final recommendations for treatments to be reimbursed, or not, by our publicly funded drug plans.
Thank you to all of you who have contributed to patient input reports submitted by the Pacific Hepatitis C Network. We couldn’t have written the reports without you!
The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing health care decision-makers with objective evidence and recommendations to help make informed decisions about the use of health technologies, such as drugs, tests, and surgical devices and procedures.
CADTH has brief but interesting videos about itself and patient input submissions posted on YouTube.