Conference Coverage: 2022 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

Running for more than 17 years, Benefits Canada‘s Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum is the industry’s most popular drug benefits conference.

In 2022, the event returned to a face-to-face format at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto on Dec. 6. Attendees learned about fresh drug plan design insights, including a new drug launch panel and a full day of educational sessions presented by industry experts.

Find out what you missed!

Tim Clarke
tc Health Consulting Inc.

Suzanne Lepage
Suzanne Lepage Consulting

Rethinking risk management and the future of private drug insurance

With cost of private drug plan claims rising about 5.5 per cent each year, pooling is one solution that could be beneficial for benefits plan sponsors.

This session was made possible by Innovative Medicines Canada.

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Marie-Hélène Dugal
Medavie Blue Cross
Striking the right balance between member access, plan sustainability

Plan sponsors face challenges balancing benefits plan sustainability while also ensuring their plan members have access to the care they need, said Marie-Hélène Dugal, manager of pharmacy benefit strategy at Medavie Blue Cross.

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Anjila Arora
Sun Life Financial
Taking a holistic approach to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is commonly misunderstood and can reduce the ability of a person to function while impacting their quality of life, said Anjila Arora, director of pharmaceutical benefits at Sun Life Financial Inc.

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Uchenwa Genus
Shoppers Drug Mart

A look at the evolving role of pharmacists in drug plan management

As pharmacists’ scope of practice evolves across the country, their expanded role in drug plan management can improve plan member health and positively impact plan sponsors’ bottom lines.

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Lavina Viegas
Telus Health
Four drug plan management strategies to help bend the cost curve

With the cost of drug claims continuing to rise in 2021, benefits plan sponsors can enable certain drug programs to curb costs, keeping their plans sustainable and offering the benefits that members highly value, said Lavina Viegas, director of pharmacy operations at Telus Health.

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Dr. Matthew Cheng
McGill University

Dr. Amer Johri
Queen’s University

Dr. Arash Pakseresht
Novo Nordisk Canada

Innovative new drugs improve health outcomes, productivity and plan sponsors’ bottom lines

While a transplant can be life-altering for a patient as a permanent cure for their underlying condition, it can also profoundly affect their immune system, according to Dr. Matthew Cheng, assistant professor in transplant infectious diseases and medical mycology at McGill University.

This session was made possible by Bristol Myers Squibb, Novo Nordisk Canada and Takeda Canada.

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Suzanne Lepage
Suzanne Lepage Consulting Inc.
What problems need to be solved when it comes to rare diseases?

About a million Canadians are impacted by rare diseases, which disproportionately affect younger patients — 70 per cent start in childhood and, sadly, half of these children won’t reach adulthood, said Suzanne Lepage, a private health plan strategist.

This session was made possible by Alexion Pharmaceuticals.

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Chris Bonnett
H3 Consulting

Dr. Jia Hu
19 To Zero

Frédéric Leblanc
iA Financial Group

An update on vaccine coverage in private drug plans

While vaccine coverage varies across provincial drug plans, several million Canadians who are members of private drug plans don’t have coverage at all, according to Chris Bonnett (pictured left), founder and principal consultant of H3 Consulting, during a panel session supported by GSK, Merck & Co. Inc. and Pfizer Canada Inc.

This session was made possible by GSK, Merck and Pfizer Canada.

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Chris MacLeod
Cambridge LLP
From patient to plan sponsor, how health benefits can turn a life around

Living with a rare chronic disease while also managing an employer-sponsored benefits plan provides Chris MacLeod with a unique perspective.

This session was made possible by Vertex.

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To view highlights from the 2020 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum, please click here.