Isaac Foundation conducts Access For All campaign
The Isaac Foundation, a charitable organization that conducts advocacy initiatives in support of Canadians with rare diseases, has begun a social media campaign called “Access For All.” The campaign is intended to raise awareness of issues related to access to certain forms of treatment. The initiative focuses on the length of time it can take to access these treatments. It also encourages consumers to educate themselves about the drug approval process in Canada. The effort invites consumers to submit messages of support via social media. It also makes use of an online video and web-based materials at <http://www.theisaacfoundation.com/accessforall>.
“If a patient in this country can't gain access to a treatment that has been approved by Health Canada, and have it made readily available for them, then this image we hold that we have the best healthcare system in the world should really be called into question," said Andrew McFadyen, founder of the foundation. “No one on any side of the table wants to block access for patients with rare diseases. They desperately want to ensure access. But the processes in place can make it very difficult for things to move quickly. The speed at which scientific discoveries are taking place has increased exponentially, and the system was simply not built to adapt to these rapid medical advances.”