TORONTO: A tiny, little-known government agency is ramping up regulation of Canada's pharmaceutical industry, seeking to rein in prices for patented drugs that are among the highest in the world, according to industry sources and a Reuters analysis of government data.The federal Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) is targeting an increasing number of expensive drugs, including a rare-disease medication made by Horizon Pharma that can cost CUS$325,000 (US$253,409) a year, documents reviewed by Reuters shows.The agency can challenge the list price of any patented drug in Canada and order companies to repay some revenue. Data show the number of open PMPRB investigations into potentially overpriced drugs has more than doubled since 2013, reaching 122 as of March 2018.(See graphic on escalating enforcement actions here https://tmsnrt.rs/2LuY5og)New proposed regulations could enhance the PMPRB's powers and help set a broader agenda for taming prices in Canada.This shift toward … [Read more...] about In Canada, a little-known drug regulator shows its teeth
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After a hiatus of 23 years of Cold War-centric freeze, Japanese Prime Minister visited India in 1984, heralding a new era of increased involvement of Japan in the South Asian country. Though the move has in the backdrop Japanese car manufacturer Suzuki's entry to India in a joint venture with Maruti Udyog, it proved indeed a milestone for both Asian giant to see an interdependent model, clearing some long-due thorns on their way to proximity.Among other projects announced by Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in 1984, one related to increased interaction between the youth of South Asia and Japan that took off in 1986 with more than 25 South Asian Youth members invited to particiapte in a meet in Tokyo. The youth delegation drawn from India with 15 sportsmen, NCC and NSS representatives in their national dress, white Nehru coats, landed in Tokyo in the third week of September 1986, including the writer.One of the first and foremost events included a hearing with then Prince Naruhito. The … [Read more...] about When we met just Oxford-returned Prince Naruhito in Sept 1986
By Jeremy Nuttall Star Vancouver Tues., April 30, 2019 VANCOUVER—Standing at the counter of a coffee shop in Vancouver’s Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station, underneath a little Canadian flag, the leaders of the resistance bicker over who gets the honour of paying for their drinks. Louis Huang ends the standoff by shoving $5 into Gao Bingchen’s pocket and walking to their seats. They have bigger conflicts to discuss. Huang and Gao, both originally from Mainland China, are the founders of the 60-member Alliance Guard of Canadian Values. Since 2009, they’ve been trying to get Canadian governments to “be aware, really aware about the influence of the Chinese communist government in Canada,” Huang said. Gao doesn’t speak much English, so Huang does the talking. Gao sits quietly next to him, checking his phone and waiting for brief translations of what is being said. Huang says the Canadian political class just … [Read more...] about This is the resistance to China’s influence in Canada, and this is their moment
By Sarah Laing The Kit Tues., April 30, 2019 Far be it from us to rejoice in any kind of interpersonal discord but we must say: How refreshing to be talking about a feud between two men! In fact, today’s column marks a rare-in-pop-culture sighting of a catfightus masculinus, which we don’t actually have a translation from the Latin for because it’s just that rare. The closest we can come is: The Opposite of a Bromance. The bros in question are actual brothers Princes William and Harry, who until late last year spent their three decades of siblinghood in near perfect harmony (or so we thought). Let’s take a deep dive into the (alleged) growing rift between these two sons of the House of Windsor. I’m going to stop you right there. Isn’t the feud between William and Harry over now? You’re referring, we assume, to the reports of an Easter Sunday truce at Frogmore Cottage? It is thought that William and Kate’s visit to … [Read more...] about Are Prince William and Prince Harry in a feud?
By Perrin Grauer Star Vancouver Mon., April 29, 2019 VANCOUVER—Online hatred is fuelling a rise in anti-Semitism that saw a record-breaking number of Jewish Canadians harassed and assaulted in 2018, according to a new report from B’nai Brith Canada. Western Canada, in particular, saw anti-Semitic incidents skyrocket last year. The number of incidents in British Columbia more than doubled to 374 from 165 in 2017, just behind Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which together had a 142.6 per cent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2018 compared to 2017, to 131 from 54. “We are experiencing a disturbing new normal when it comes to anti-Semitism in this country, with expressions of anti-Jewish hatred surfacing in regions that are typically less prone to such prejudices,” said Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada. British Columbia had the third highest total number of anti-Semitic incidents behind Quebec, with 709, and … [Read more...] about Record number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada fuelled by online hate: B’nai Brith