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Petitioning Minister of Health, Honourable Rona Ambrose

Approve the Orphan Drug Regulatory Framework

Approximately 3 million Canadians have a rare disorder.    

Right now, only 60% of treatments for rare disorders make it into Canada and most get approved up to six years later than in the USA and Europe.   People with rare disorders in Canada are missing out on treatments that could save or significantly improve their lives.  This needs to change.  

The solution is for Canada to create an Orphan Drug Regulatory Framework.  The United States and most countries in Europe have already created one, but Canada is lagging behind.  The Canadian framework will allow drug companies to apply to bring their treatments to Canada at the same time as the USA and Europe.  It will also create an opportunity for Canadians to participate in clinical trials at the same time as they happen in the rest of the world.  

In addition, the Orphan Drug Regulatory Framework is the first step towards Canada taking a leadership position in personalized medicine.  Targeted drugs (i.e., based on your genetic code) are now being created to treat specific forms of diseases such as breast cancer and lung cancer.  Without this framework, Canadians may not be able to access treatments for their specific disease that are available elsewhere.  Imagine if there was a life-saving treatment for your specific type of cancer that was available in Europe and the USA, but was not available in Canada, simply because we did not have an Orphan Drug Regulatory Framework?  

The good news is, Health Canada has already developed the Orphan Drug Regulatory Framework and announced it in 2012.  It is ready to go.  Unfortunately, it has never been published and approved.  Please join us in signing this petition, and asking the Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, to continue Canada's leadership in healthcare and approve the Orphan Drug Regulatory Framework.  

Together we can help the more than 3 million Canadians with a rare disorder get access to life saving treatments at the same time as the rest of the world.

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