May 17, 2013: Canadian Breast Cancer Network commends the province of Prince Edward Island for new catastrophic drug plan


May 2013

Canadian Breast Cancer Network commends the province of Prince Edward Island for new catastrophic drug plan

As of October 1st this year, people in Prince Edward Island will have access to a catastrophic drug plan, covering prescription drug costs over a certain percentage of their family income.

The announcement is a welcome change. Currently, Prince Edward Island is one of only two provinces without such a drug plan. The other, New Brunswick, has announced that it will soon be developing a catastrophic drug plan, but has not announced a date for implementation of a catastrophic drug plan. The decision to provide Islanders facing substantial drug costs with prescription coverage is a bold step in the right direction and will have an enormous impact on people battling serious illnesses. “The financial hardship of cancer and other serious illnesses is well-documented,” said Cathy Ammendolea, Board Chair, Canadian Breast Cancer Network. “All Canadians should have affordable access to high quality medications.”

The Canadian Breast Cancer Network commends the Province of Prince Edward Island for its decision to provide Islanders with catastrophic drug coverage. We also strongly encourage the Province of New Brunswick to follow suit and respond swiftly to the tremendous need to provide all Canadians with access to affordable and essential medications.

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For more information, please contact CBCN at 613-230-3044 or nchari@cbcn.ca.

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Network
The Canadian Breast Cancer Network is the leading survivor-directed, national network of organizations and individuals concerned about breast cancer. The Canadian Breast Cancer Network exists to voice the concerns of breast cancer survivors and promote the best quality of care for all Canadians affected by breast cancer.