I’m a pharmaceutical manufacturer who is new to the pCPA process. What is the first step?

To help understand the pCPA’s role within the Canadian drug approval and reimbursement landscape, please review the pCPA Brand Process Guidelines. If you have additional questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Do the pCPA member jurisdictions buy drugs in bulk through the pCPA in order to get a discount?

The pCPA member jurisdictions do not bulk buy drugs through the pCPA. The pCPA enters into negotiations with manufacturers, from which, if successful, a letter of intent (LOI) is created. The LOI lists the terms and conditions for funding a drug which are used to create a product listing agreement (PLA) between each participating member jurisdiction and the manufacturer.

How is the patient perspective incorporated?

pCPA recognizes the valuable input and knowledge that patient groups provide to the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology and Health (CADTH) as part of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) process. This patient perspective provides a context that is a necessary and vital component to pCPA processes in understanding the need and value when considering a drug for negotiation. Further to that, any letters, documents, and other additional information or requests for in-person meetings can be directed to [email protected].

Why is the pCPA Office located in Ontario and uses Ontario government resources such as Ontario email accounts?

The pCPA Office was established in 2015. At that time, Ontario agreed to host and staff the Office and as such the Office is subject to Ontario rules and regulations. The Office provides support to all the member jurisdictions and works closely with the jurisdictions to help guide pCPA Office activities such as administration, communications, standardization, analytics, process design, and policy related to brand and generic products. 

How is the pCPA Office funded?

The Office is funded by all participating jurisdictions. The fund is managed by Ontario at this time.

I would like to request that pCPA speak at a seminar/function – who should I send my request to?

You can forward any speaking requests to the pCPA Office at [email protected].

I would like some information on a specific negotiation. What information can you share?

pCPA can confirm if it is in a negotiation and at what stage it is at, but cannot comment any further to that in order to respect the confidentiality requirements inherent to the negotiation process.

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