(Update: August 2018) Novartis/Alcon will not discontinue the sale of Atropine 1% as they had previously announced. The decision came after consideration of the joint letter that was sent in May 2018 (below).
(May 2018) The Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and the CSPCP sent a joint letter to Novartis/Alcon, urging them to reconsider the upcoming discontinuation of Atropine.
View letter here
The CSPCP recommends that education (such as the Methadone4Pain course from Canadian Virtual Hospice) should be mandated in each province or territory as a criterion for prescribing Methadone. The CSPCP sent letters to the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Health and to provincial and territorial regulatory bodies.
Letter – English
Letter – French
In April 2018, the CSPCP joined the Ontario Medical Association and six other organizations to advocate for Dan’s Law – which seeks to remove the three-month waiting period for access to OHIP-funded palliative care and home care for Canadian residents who move to or return to Ontario. Ontario has now indicated that changes will be made to OHIP to allow for this. Hopefully other provinces will follow suit. Huge thanks to Dr. Darren Cargill for garnering widespread support for this bill.
Letter: Read More
Globe and Mail Article
Palliative 4 Canadians (P4C) is a coalition of four national organizations whose sole mandate is to improve palliative care in Canada. These well-established groups provide leadership and guide progress in palliative care, and reflect an comprehensive range of knowledge, experience and expertise. All have a long history of working collaboratively with national, regional and local organizations across the country.
Palliative 4 Canadians is an action-oriented, independent working group whose mandate is to work with the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments to review and implement strategies to improve the quality and access to palliative care in Canada. This working group is comprised of Canada’s four national palliative care organizations that will bring perspectives and recommendations forward in an effective and efficient manner, capturing input from stakeholders such as, but not limited to, the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada and the Palliative Care Matters initiative.
Dr. David Henderson from the CSPCP is Chair of the group. Dr. Leonie Herx and Ms. Kim Taylor also represent the CSPCP on the P4C coalition.
Photo: Dr. David Henderson (CSPCP), Shelly Cory (Canadian Virtual Hospice), Sharon Baxter (CHPCA), Jeff Moat (Pallium Canada)