Last year, the provincial government announced it had appointed a nine-member pharmaceutical task force to "engage in an exploration of pharamceutical policy to provide advice to government on how best to maximize value for patients and value for money as well as examine ways to continuously improve the pharmaceutical approval process." But it seems British Columbians will have wait a little longer for the task force's recommendations. In an interview with Public Eye, chair Don Avison confirmed he met with Health Minister George Abbott yesterday to extend the taskforce's deadline from January 31 to sometime "into the later part of February." Earlier, The Tyee's Andrew Macleod reported on the taskforce's "strong drug industry flavour."
January 30, 2008