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Drug pricing: PMPRB announces next steps in Guidelines consultation

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) has announced new details regarding the progress of its consultation on new price review Guidelines. Phase 2: Discussion Guide The next phase of the PMPRB’s consultation will begin in summer 2024 with the release of a Discussion Guide. As we reported, the first phase of the consultation launched with … Continue reading

Drug pricing: PMPRB releases “What We Learned” Report on guidelines consultation

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB or Board) has released a “What We Learned” Report (the Report), marking the next step along the path to new Guidelines. The Report was prepared by Phoenix Strategic Perspectives Inc., which was commissioned to facilitate consultation with stakeholders and report on the presentations and discussions. Overview As we … Continue reading

Federal Court upholds PMPRB jurisdiction based on “clinical similarities”

The Federal Court (FC) has refused to overturn a decision of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB or Board) that found that a patent can pertain to a medicine based on “clinical similarities” to the invention—even if the patent does not actually encompass the medicine. The FC concluded that the Board’s decision was reasonable. Background This case … Continue reading

Pharma in Brief’s 2023 Year in Review and Trends for 2024

As you start the new year, allow us to recap 2023’s important legal and regulatory developments for Canadian pharma. We also flag what to watch out for in 2024.  The most significant legal development in 2023 was the introduction of a system of patent term adjustment (PTA). On the regulatory front, seemingly all of Canada’s … Continue reading

Drug pricing: PMPRB releases scoping paper to consult on new Guidelines

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) has released a scoping paper on themes and questions to develop new price review Guidelines. The scoping paper also includes information on how stakeholders can participate in the consultation. The deadline for written submissions addressing the scoping paper is December 20, 2023. Background The PMPRB has not had a … Continue reading

Drug pricing: PMPRB announces framework for new guidelines consultation

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) has announced a framework for the launch of its consultation on new guidelines, beginning with a scoping paper to be published in advance of Policy Roundtable sessions to be held December 5 (English) and December 6 (French), 2023. The PMPRB has not had a full set of guidelines … Continue reading

Drug pricing: PMPRB finalizes Interim Guidance amendments

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) has amended its Interim Guidance to address prices of “New Medicines”, implementing a review threshold based on “below the median” of the PMPRB11 countries (Median International Price, MIP). “New Medicines” are defined as patented medicines that did not receive a PMPRB ceiling price as of July 1, 2022. … Continue reading

PMPRB Update: Federal Standing Committee on Health begins review of the Board

The Standing Committee on Health (HESA) has begun a study on the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB). HESA is made up of 12 Members of Parliament representing the four main parties in the House of Commons. In connection with this study, HESA has conducted two meetings to ask questions of witnesses regarding the PMPRB: The events … Continue reading

PMPRB excessive price decision quashed by Federal Court of Appeal

The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed an excessive-price decision of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) in a proceeding concerning the drug SOLIRIS. The matter has been remitted to the PMPRB for redetermination. Procedural background The PMPRB issued a decision in 2017 finding that Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. sold SOLIRIS (eculizumab) at an excessive … Continue reading
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