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Government of Canada announces creation of Canadian Drug Agency

Authored byUrszula Wojtyra

On December 18, 2023, the Minister of Health announced the creation of the Canadian Drug Agency. According to the announcement, the Canadian Drug Agency (CDA) “will provide the dedicated leadership and coordination needed to make Canada's drug system more sustainable and better prepared for the future, helping Canadians achieve better health outcomes.” It will be built from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), in partnership with provinces and territories. The CDA will build on CADTH’s mandate and functions, and will expand them, including improving appropriate prescribing and use of medications, and increasing pan-Canadian data collection and expanding access to drug and treatment data, including real-world evidence data.

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