Time consuming access to drugs for orphan diseases to be streamlined, Health Canada says
The federal government is reversing a 16-year-old Health Canada policy preventing so-called orphan drugs from being used to combat rare illnesses.
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the government will approach the authorization of “orphan drugs” differently than it has in the past.
And it’s launching a database called Orphanet to provide information about where patients can find treatments for rare diseases. Read more at cbc.ca.