Leona Aglukkaq, 2010
This 2010 letter is written to the Minister of Health and addressing government funding allocated to assist the provinces and territories to help meet their commitments under the 2004 Accord (an agreement between federal and provincial bodies outlining health care objectives and funding that included increased home care and pharmaceuticals).
Letter to Minister of Health
Ginette Petitpas Taylor, November 2018
Michelle Boudreau Response, February 2019
The Director General of Controlled Substances Directorate replied to the moderator’s letter. The letter assures that the opioid crisis remains a top priority for Health Canada. They provide information about funding allocation to address the crisis and note that more supervised consumption sites (SCS) are being established. The letters states that Health Canada is working with provinces and territories to collect data on the opioid crisis and a dedicated marketing compliance and enforcement team has been created which will monitor opioid marketing to enforce rules and take action when necessary.
The moderator wrote a series of letters to provincial, territorial and federal medical regulatory authorities (e.g. the Canadian Medical Association and provincial physicians colleges). The letters highlighted a General Assembly report on the opioid crisis and how churches are responding. The moderator affirms Health Canada’s decision for mandatory warning stickers on prescription opioids and asks how medical regulatory authorities monitor and assess their policies regarding the interactions of physicians and the pharmaceutical industry.
Laurent Marcoux, November 2018
In 2018 the moderator wrote to provincial, territorial and federal Ministers responsible for health. The letters address the church’s concern regarding the opioid crisis and describes the ways that churches are responding. These letters asked for more supports for people struggling with addiction and how governments will provide long term treatment and recovery programs. This is the letter that was sent to the federal Minister of Health.
Letter to the Canadian Medical Association, 2019
This letter was written to the Canadian Medical Association asking how it assesses the impact of its Guidelines for Physicians in Interaction with Industry.
Laurent Marcoux Response, January 2019
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) replied to the moderator’s letter that CMA does not is exercise regulatory or educational functions related to medical practice and that it is therefore difficult to assess the impact of its guidelines on physician practice (oversight lies with provincial medical colleges).