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Expanding the CADTH Drug Review Process to Receive Patient Input Submissions From Individual Patients and Caregivers

Published on: October 6, 2015
Result type: News

Patient input is a valued aspect of CADTH drug review programs. CADTH seeks input from patient groups, rather than from individuals, to encourage diversity of voices and experiences.

Based on stakeholder feedback received in May 2015, CADTH is pleased to announce that in the limited instances where no Canadian patient group exists, individual patient and caregiver input will now be accepted for the CADTH Common Drug Review (CDR) and pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) programs on or after October 6, 2015.

In summer 2013, CADTH introduced a pilot process within CDR to receive individual patient input. Under the pilot, CDR accepts input from individual patients and caregivers when there is no patient group representing those with a condition for which a drug under review is indicated.

Now, as part of our efforts to align the CDR and pCODR programs and to build on best practices, pCODR will accept patient input from individual patients and caregivers when there is no patient advocacy group representing patients with the particular tumour for which a drug under review is used.

Please note that for both CDR and pCODR, individual patient and caregiver input will not be accepted when one or more patient groups exist that represent the particular condition or tumour for which a drug under review is used. Where patient groups do exist, individual patients and caregivers are encouraged to work directly with a patient group to have their input included in the group’s submission.

Individual patients and caregivers who wish to submit input for a drug review should first contact CADTH at requests@cadth.ca or info@pcodr.ca to confirm the absence of a relevant patient group.

Upon confirmation that no relevant patient group exists, CADTH will provide interested individuals with the individual patient and caregiver template for completion. The process for providing input, and how CADTH uses that input, remains the same as that for patient groups.

To learn more about the individual patient input process for CDR, please see the Patient Input section of the CADTH website.

To learn more about the individual patient input process for pCODR, please see the updated Patient Engagement Guide. We have also included a list of frequently asked questions to guide individual patients and caregivers who are planning to submit input.