B.C. resumes support for the Therapeutics Initiative

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The University of British Columbia welcomes the decision by the B.C. Ministry of Health to resume its support for the Therapeutics Initiative, a project managed by members of the Faculty of Medicine.

“This is good news. It means stronger patient protection through evidence-based evaluations of new drugs,” said Gavin Stuart, dean of the UBC Faculty of Medicine. “It is critical for our researchers to have access to health care data.”

The decision ends more than a year of uncertainty as the Ministry of Health conducted a review into the handling of B.C. patients’ health information. The TI contract, suspended in September 2012, resumes with enhanced oversight, strengthened accountability and more robust protection of patient information.

Read UBC welcomes the resumption of B.C. support for the Therapeutics Initiative

Read the BC government press release: New protocols protect privacy in health data research