- Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, House of Commons
In 2004, Parliament responded to the urgent need for medicines in many developing countries by creating “Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime” (CAMR), with the goal of getting affordable medicines to people in the developing world. Unfortunately, that laudable initiative was, and is, seriously flawed.
But now there is a chance to fix it! Join us in applying pressure on Canadian parliamentarians. Bill C-393 is under review by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, and in order be effective its core elements need to be maintained. After the review the bill will pass to the third and final reading and a vote will take place.
The Canadian government has the ability to save lives and get essential medicines to ailing patients in developing countries. Right now, we could help thousands of people in developing countries survive.
Dear Members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology:
Canada could be saving lives right now by helping get medicines to people in developing countries. 2.3 million children under the age of 15 are infected with HIV — in the developing world, one in two dies before reaching his or her second birthday.
But in order for it to be used, Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) needs to be fixed. Please support Bill C-393 to streamline CAMR. We call on you to conduct a full review that includes expert witnesses in health, international development and trade. We ask you to preserve all the core elements of the bill, especially the “one-license solution” which is crucial in making CAMR effective.
We look forward to reading your response.
For more information, visit www.aidslaw.ca/camr.
The Reform the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime! petition to Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, House of Commons was written by Gilleen Witkowski and is in the category Government at GoPetition.