I received the following message from Crohns & Colitis Canada. I thought it was worth passing along to Canadian members. It's enough that insurance companies already have a say in medical decisions that affect IBD patients; our government should not be further limiting our options!
The link at the bottom should take you to Crohns & Colitis Canada site where you can participate in asking the government to not force a change from a biologic to a biosimilar when it is contrary to the decision made by the patient and their doctor.
Treatment decisions should be made by you and your doctor - not the government.
Provincial governments are considering or have implemented changes to healthcare policy that would require Canadians living with Crohn's or colitis who are currently doing well on a biologic to switch to a biosimilar. This means that if you are currently on a biologic, you may have to change your treatment plan - not because it is the best course of action for your unique IBD experience, but for non-medical reasons.
As British Columbia implements their non-medical switching policy, other governments will look to the patient response. We strongly disagree with policy changes at the expense of your health, so we launched a letter-writing campaign to amplify the voices of our community and let governments know that we do not support non-medical switching policy.
Your participation in this campaign is crucial! The more noise we make, the more likely provincial governments will reconsider implementing a non-medical switch.
Take part in our letter-writing campaign to let your provincial government know how you feel! All you have to do is enter your name, email, and postal code - we'll take care of the rest.