The pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance
April 2016 Update:
On April 1, 2016, the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) issued the First Principles for Subsequent Entry Biologics (SEBs) to guide negotiations and inform expectations.
February 2016 Update:
All 13 Provinces and Territories have been working together to achieve greater value for brand name and generic drugs for publicly funded drug programs. These initiatives, formerly known as the Pan-Canadian Pricing Alliance and the Generic Value Price Initiative, are now referenced collectively as the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA). Nova Scotia is currently co-leading with Saskatchewan on the generic drugs initiative and with Ontario on the brand name drugs initiative.
Consistent with our commitment to keep the sector and our various stakeholder groups apprised of progress, the co-lead jurisdictions hosted two stakeholder sessions on June 16, 2015 one for patient and caregiver groups and the other for the pharmaceutical sector. These sessions were well attended and provided an opportunity for both an update to be provided and for input into the ongoing work. These sessions were captured through webcast and are available for viewing through the following links:
Patient & caregiver session webcast link: http://www.vvcnetwork.ca/moh/20150616-02
Industry session webcast link: http://www.vvcnetwork.ca/moh/20150616-01
PDF versions of the slide decks presented at these sessions are also available and can be found at the bottom of this page.
Brand Name drugs
Established in August 2010, the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA), formerly the pan-Canadian Pricing Alliance, is part of work underway by the Council of the Federation’s Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG).
The pCPA conducts joint provincial/territorial negotiations for brand name drugs in Canada to achieve greater value for publicly funded drug programs and patients. All brand name drugs coming forward for funding through the national review processes Common Drug Review (CDR) or Pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) are considered for negotiation through the pCPA.
For information on how the pCPA fits into the current process for drug approval in Canada, click here.
As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the cost of drugs, on January 18, 2013, the HCIWG announced the first step in achieving better value for generic drugs through the Value Price Initiative. This joint approach leverages combined purchasing power to obtain the lowest generic prices achieved to date in Canada, and to be consistent with the price for these drugs on the international market. Effective April 1, 2013, the first phase of work established a price point for six of the most common drugs at 18% of the equivalent brand name product:
Effective April 1, 2014, four products were priced at 18% of the equivalent brand name product:
Effective April 1, 2015, another four products were priced at 18% of the equivalent brand name product:
For more detail on this initiative, please refer to the information on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website: http://formulary.drugplan.health.gov.sk.ca/PanCanadian.aspx
Benefits to Canadians
By capitalizing on the combined negotiating power of drug plans across multiple provinces and territories, the pCPA aims to:
- increase access to drug treatment options;
- achieve lower drug costs and consistent pricing, and
- improve consistency of coverage criteria across Canada.
As of March 31, 2015, these collaborative efforts between provinces and territories have resulted in 63 completed joint negotiations on brand name drugs and price reductions on 14 generic drugs. This has resulted in an estimated $490 million in combined savings annually.
Status of Negotiations on Brand Name Drugs
The following tables provide information on:
- Active drug product negotiations (as of June 30, 2016)
- Complete and closed drug product negotiations (as of June 30, 2016)
- No negotiations (as of June 30, 2016)
- Product negotiations being considered by each province/territory (as of June 30, 2016)
Click here for previous tables.
For more information please contact: pCPA@ontario.ca