All provinces participate in a centralized
process for price negotiations with
manufacturers: the Pan-Canadian
Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA). The
strength of the HTA recommendation,
combined with other factors, determines
the strength of your initial pricing
~ 2- TO 6- MONTH PROCESS
PUBLIC DRUG PLANS AND
Also governed by CADTH, the
pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review
(pCODR) assesses clinical and
economic data, and makes listing
recommendations for all new
oncology agents paid for by the
provincial cancer agencies and public
For public reimbursement,
manufacturers must submit a dossier
to the relevant health technology
assessment (HTA) organizations
Private insurers have their own distinct
submission and evidence requIrements
~ 6-MONTH PROCESS
Negotiations with public drug plans
before marketing authorization do
not occur. Collective negotiations
generally only occur when the HTA
process is complete.
For private access,
communications can start
authorization is granted,
and coverage can begin as soon as the drug
identification number is
assigned by Health Canada.
Gaining expedited market access is important to every manufacturer, and to do so, timing is critical.
PUBLIC PRICE NEGOTIATIONS
The Route to Market Access in Canada
~ 5- MONTH PROCESS
The private payer market access process
generally includes submission of a
comprehensive dossier including
clinical, economic and financial
information to all major
Each of Canada's provinces and private
insurers make their own decisions about
funding new drugs.
The Common Drug Review (CDR),
which is governed by the Canadian
Agency for Drugs and Technology
(CADTH), is the national HTA review
agency for pharmaceutical products.
CADTH's "customers" are the public
drug plans for all provinces, with the exception of Quebec, and rely on
these recommendations for their
~ 1- TO 12- MONTH PROCESS
~ 1-YEAR PROCESS
Dossiers for public and private drug plans should be
prepared and submitted in advance of market
authorization, even if you have received an expedited
review from Health Canada.
The HTA process can be
initiated up to 90 days before
market authorization for
most drugs and up to 6
months for cancer agents.
Upon review of the manufacturer
submission and HTA assessment, each
province, territory and provincial cancer
agency will make a final reimbursement
decision for their jurisdiction.
Manufacturers who wish to market a
pharmaceutical product in Canada must
obtain authorization from Health Canada.
Access to reimbursement for your pharmaceutical product
Initiate your product reimbursement strategy in advance of
Begin submission planning early to make a difference
to your product's success
Consider drug delivery commercialization costs
as part of your market access strategy
For further information on how we can help you navigate the unique
Canadian market access process, contact InnomarConsulting™ at
Understanding the unique considerations for access to
reimbursement for your pharmaceutical product.
The province of Quebec uses its own
HTA process led by the Institut
national d'excellence en santé et en
services sociaux (INESSS) and does not
participate in the CDR or pCODR
process. INESSS reviews both oncology
and non-oncology products.