Shameful defeat of Bill C-398
On November 28, 2012, Bill C-398 lost its second reading vote by a slim margin of 148-141. The bill had multi-partisan support, including from some backbench government MPs and all opposition parties in the House. But in the end, the bill fell because the Government chose not to support it.
In 2004, Parliament unanimously passed a bill creating Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR). The law was supposed to help get lower-cost, generic medicines to people in developing countries. Instead, bureaucracy has weighed it down: so far, only one order of one AIDS drug has been sent to a single country.
The need for global, equitable access to medicines is just as urgent as ever. Too many people in developing countries are dying because medicines are not available at prices they can afford and health agencies have limited budgets to pay high prices for brand-name drugs. People die because they cannot afford to buy life. We will continue to find other avenues to advocate for access to medicines for all.
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