Although this online petition is titled “Sandy’s Drug for Life”, it is important to know there are hundreds of women who suffer from this horrible death dealing disease of breast cancer and many other forms.
The purpose of this petition is to hopefully accomplish the affordability of a drug that has proven to be effective in putting this disease into remission and extend the life expectancy of those diagnosed with this horrible disease.
There is a drug available at an astronomical cost that has been proven to do the above stated. The drug, IBRANCE, supplied by Pfizer Drug Company, has been approved by Health Canada for usage in Canada, however, it has NOT been funded in Canada at the Provincial level. Meaning that Pharmacare is unable to subsidize the drug until its review and approval by each Province. What we are trying to accomplish is to have the approval at the Provincial level expedited…Fast Tracked….so that Sandy and others who cannot afford this drug treatment can avail themselves of this hope and a prolonged life expectancy. Right now she CAN have it, if she has enough money. The costs ore like this $7500.00 + gst (375.00) = 7875.00 PER MONTH …LESS 20% that Pfizer Drug company will pay. – $1,575.00, leaving a cost of 6300.00 per month.
These below stated facts from the BC Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society and Pfizer Drug website, clearly demonstrate not only how many are affected but also are desperately in need of this drug.
Since Sandy’s diagnosis in July, 350 women have died. 1700 women have been told they are going to die… In less than a month. 68 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer today. 14 women will die!
How many have died each day, hour and minute will continue to present themselves in ongoing statistics daily.
Action is needed now to make this available. These women and their families need hope and access to what is available. Please sign this petition so that Sandy and others do not live with desperation and fear of the death they face in front of them but rather that the lives of those may be given more time and the others who share this terrible situation with them. Family, friends and others who are also victims of this disease.
This is Sandy’s story as told by her sister Cathy;
e-Petitioning in Canada
For Canadian petitioners, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is, so far, online petitions are only valid in the province of Quebec and the Northwest Territories. The Federal Government requires all original signatures on paper. The good news is, according to the CBC, digital petitions will be valid in Canada from the day the House of Commons sits after the federal general election on October 19 this year 2015.
The above time line was announced in October 2015,so as of now in 2016 we can make a difference.
Canadian legislation online Petitions 2016
How online petitions work