Can Canada curb its too-high drug prices?

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  • TerryCrew says:

    ou could try some collagen powder. I was having consistent tendonitis issues and about 6 months ago started supplementing with collagen. I have not had any issues since. Listen to this interesting podcast for more info on acamprosate:

    Also I used to be into aggressive stretching, thinking that it would help me, but I actually think too much stretching is a bad thing for some people. I do much better when I dont stretch aggressively.

    Also make sure your bike fit is not causing overuse injuries.

  • Lucey Baggio says:

    There are no specific foods that you need to eat to gain muscle mass. Gaining muscle is the result of 3 things:

    Adequate calorie intake
    Progressive overload of muscles (adding weight to the bar/dumbbell over time)
    Adequate protein
    If you’re not in a caloric surplus, meaning consuming more calories than you’re body needs on a daily basis, then you can’t gain mass. In other words you need to already be eating enough to gain weight absent any training. Then the fact that you are training will induce you’re body to create an adaptive response(muscle growth) given that you do number 2 and 3.

    If you do not add weight over time in your workout your body has no reason to add additional mass because, after all, you aren’t signaling that it needs to . And lastly, protein is important because without enough your body will not have the capability to recover from your training by building new tissues. Dont worry about your broccoli consumption till you have these things down pat. Hope that helps and good luck

  • Joe says:

    What I find most interesting is that a “Patient group” is siding with the North American pharmaceutical companies in order to sustain higher drug prices to drive research into new drugs. Yet their meetings and discussions are not offered in any open context to the general public for open transparency in a democracy, Really?

    Unfortunately over 95% of the new patented drugs are aimed at existing ailments we have ample existing drugs for. In some cases long ago relinquished patents on still effective medications such as high blood pressure beta blockers, at 77 and counting on the market.

    It’s all about keeping you sicker and controlling the population under industry as opposed to a true cure. Losing all that money to what? A bigger yacht or monster cottage in the Maldives for CEO’s?

  • sushila says:

    agree with morgan – The kind of thinking in these new regulations, especially the value-for-money component, is helpful in protecting not just individual consumers, but the system as a whole from being abused,

  • Patricia Lawrence says:

    It’s about time there was some positive movement in this area. At age 71 I am still working part-time to keep my extended medical benefits. I am taking 6 medications, and if I were to retire, I would not be able to afford 3 of them because of the expense. I am exhausted. My health is not good, and I would really like to retire, but I can’t afford it. The drug prices are a big part of this. If I did retire, I’d have to stop taking at least 3 of my medications. If I stop taking them, I would likely die fairly soon. I find it outrageous that as a senior who has worked hard all her life and paid taxes, that this is how I am treated by the Canadian (specifically BC) health system.


Vanessa Milne


Vanessa is a freelance health journalist and a form staff writer with Healthy Debate

Jeremy Petch


Jeremy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and has a PhD in Philosophy (Health Policy Ethics) from York University. He is the former managing editor of Healthy Debate and co-founded Faces of Healthcare

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