Today is the day to take a stance on access to essential medicines in developing countries. The existing commitment to providing medicine to developing countries is called the Fixing Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR). It was implemented in 2004 with the intent to improve access to medicine for developing countries. This is linked to all sorts of good outcomes like reaching MDG targets, improving maternal and child health, and ensuring the population is healthy enough to support themselves, their families and communities.
Like any legislation, it is imperfect. The good news is Bill C-393 is currently before Parliament to change of all that. It includes essential reforms to improve access by streamlining the process and increase access to medicine, saving millions of lives. It complies with international trade and property law, guarantees royalties for brand-name pharmaceutical companies, will stimulate the Canadian economy and does not cost taxpayers anything.
However, a procedural technicality that might send the bill back to the House of Commons and delay improvements. Starting today, the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology is considering this bill; MPs need to hear from Canadians today in order to make this Bill C-393 reality.
The great people at Dignitas International and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and have put together information to make it super simple, extremely easy and completely possible for you to take a stand on this issue. (Really, everyone wants people to have access to medicine, right?) In a nutshell, write an email reiterating how important Bill C-393 is, and how disappointing it will be if a procedural issue stops this improvement from happening. Send it to the target list of MPs and your MP. That’s it. That’s all.
Today’s the day. Write an email. Save a life. Its a pretty good trade-off.