mBC Stories from across Canada.

Listen to the stories of patients, caregivers and doctors to learn more about how this is impacting Canadians and their families. Some of these challenges are experienced by patients in a few provinces, while others affect patients in many provinces.

Alberta

Patients are forced to take less effective drugs while waiting for a new one to be covered, and then no longer qualify for the new drug because of what they took while waiting.

Hear from mBC patient Katherine Landry, about challenges regarding access to drugs in Alberta.

British Columbia

During the long process of waiting for drugs to be covered by the province, patients are forced to pay for those treatments out-of-pocket.

Hear from mBC patient Patricia Stoop, about challenges regarding access to drugs in British Columbia.

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Manitoba

The longer someone lives with stage IV breast cancer, the more treatments they will have taken which often makes them ineligible to receive new drugs that are funded by the province.

New Brunswick

Drugs that have been useful in treating stage IV breast cancer are being taken off provincial drug formularies as new drugs are added, even though there’s no evidence to support this.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Restrictions for provincial drug funding force stage IV breast cancer patients to use private insurance to pay for their drugs, if they have it. But many private insurance companies have their own set of strict rules that often leave patients paying out of pocket.

Nova Scotia

A drug that is available to stage IV breast cancer patients in every other province in Canada is not available to patients in Nova Scotia.

Hear from Drug Access Navigator Mary Lou Robertson, about challenges regarding access to drugs in Nova Scotia.

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Ontario

Medications that are administered through an IV in the hospital are always covered by the province; however, some cancer medications come in a pill or capsule format and are not always covered by the province.

Hear from Medical Oncologist Dr. Sandeep Sehdev, about challenges regarding access to drugs in Ontario.

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Prince Edward Island

A drug that is available to stage IV breast cancer patients in every other province in Canada is not available to patients in PEI.

Hear from mBC patient Sharon MacNeill, about challenges regarding access to drugs in PEI.

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Quebec

During the long process of waiting for drugs to be covered by the province, patients are forced to pay for those treatments out-of-pocket.

Saskatchewan

The longer someone lives with stage IV breast cancer, the more treatments they will have taken which often makes them ineligible to receive new drugs that are funded by the province.

Hear from mBC patient Jordana Buchan, about challenges regarding access to drugs in Saskatchewan.

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