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DSECT/DSEN Monthly Seminar Series - Mar 22, 2018


“Drug Benefits Management: A Focus on Cancer”


Presented by

Scott Gavura, BScPhm, MBA, RPh

Director, Provincial Drug Reimbursement Programs, Cancer Care Ontario


Thursday, March 22, 2018 3-4pm EDT

Online via GoToWebinar





Public drug funders in Canada face common issues of value, affordability and sustainability in their drug programs. Oncology in particular is a field where new therapies have very high drug costs yet where there may be multiple questions about a drug’s effectiveness, safety and value at the time of market launch.

This presentation will provide an overview of the current drug funding decision-making processs with a focus on the pathways established for cancer drugs. The sustainability challenge facing the cancer system will be described and recent initiatives will be summarized.

Learning Objectives:

1. To provide an overview of the drug funding decision-making process for cancer drugs.
2. To describe some of the challenges facing public payers with respect to cancer drugs.
3. To review some of the current initiatives to support drug funding and cancer system sustainability.