Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
"The last act in a nasty vendetta has finally played out. Premier Gordon Campbell's government has decided to kill B.C.'s only independent drug review agency. And not just kill it, but bury it in an unmarked grave.
The agency involved is called the Therapeutics Initiative. Based at the University of British Columbia, it evaluates new drugs that come on the market.
The Therapeutics Initiative saves taxpayers $50 million annually by finding cheaper alternatives. Largely thanks to its efforts, B.C. has the lowest drug costs in the country, despite offering some of the best coverage.
Moreover, the Therapeutics Initiative runs on a shoestring budget. The agency gets $1 million a year. That means it generates a 50 to one return on investment.
Finally, its researchers have been credited with saving 500 lives by issuing timely warnings about suspect medications. When the new anti-inflammatory product Vioxx came out, the agency discovered a link with increased heart attack rates. As a result, although Vioxx was approved across most of North America, it was kept off the shelves in B.C......
Thursday, November 25, 2010
"...The government continues to move away from using the Therapeutics Initiative at the University of British Columbia to look at the evidence on new drugs, he (Mr. Dyble) noted, though it hasn't gone as quickly as the government had hoped.
"Due to concerns over the low response rate to our 2009 Request for Proposals, we have undertaken a new procurement process to establish this roster," he (Mr. Dyble) said. When a new contract is in place the existing relationship with UBC will end, he (Mr. Dyble) said...."
Monday, November 22, 2010
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The time has come to discuss raising B.C.'s minimum wage.
That was the finding of a Liberal dominated finance committee, which in a report Friday recommended the B.C. government: "increase the minimum wage in small increments."
"The discussions around minimum wage need to start," committee chair John Les said in an interview Friday.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
3. threatening (rather than cautioning) the very few people and canvassers who signed more than once and attempting to smear the anti-HST campaign, all volunteer-run. And right before the recall period starts.
4. the tricky wording of the HST referendum petition. It is not about restoring the previous tax regime, it is merely substituting one tax for another.