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A Treatment Option

Clinical trials provide access to new treatment options that have not yet been approved by Health Canada or covered by provincial governments. Once a new therapy is Health Canada approved, the provincial reimbursement process can take up to two years – sometimes even longer. During this time, you may obtain the drug through a clinical trial or:

  • By paying for the drug out of your own pocket
  • Through a private drug plan
  • Through compassionate use programs (offered by pharmaceutical companies)

ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

BEFORE A DRUG IS COVERED