Conference Coverage: 2023 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

On Dec. 5, 2023, Benefits Canada held its annual Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum, the industry’s most popular drug benefits conference.

Industry experts presented a full day of educational sessions, which informed attendees about fresh drug plan design insights, key trends and considerations.

Here’s what you missed!



Jacob Bonafiglia
Novo Nordisk

Melissa Kim

Dr. Shereen Ezzat
University Health Network

Innovative drugs helping plan members manage chronic conditions

Many plan members with diabetes struggle with adherence to daily insulin injections and research has found the majority of patients wish they could achieve the same control over their condition with fewer injections.

This session was made possible by Boehringer-Ingelheim Canada, Merck Canada Inc. and Novo Nordisk.

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Joe Farago
Innovative Medicines Canada
High-cost drug claims lead to 20-times greater cost per claim for small plan sponsors

A recent survey by Innovative Medicines Canada found there are growing listing delays among Canada’s private drug plans.

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Jennifer Poh
Health Solutions by Shoppers
How preferred pharmacy networks can lower drug plan costs, boost access to care

Pharmacists are now uniquely positioned to support Canadians at a time when the public health-care system is stretched thin, creating significant barriers for people looking to access care.

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Anjila Arora
Sun Life Financial

A closer look at growing asthma drug spend

Many Canadians living with asthma are experiencing poor control over their symptoms, impacting the workplace.

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Marie-Hélène Dugal
Medavie Blue Cross
How plan sponsors can improve employee health outcomes while optimizing drug plan spend

With chronic conditions growing in prevalence among plan members, plan sponsors have their work cut out for them in designing benefits plans that provide adequate health support and employee satisfaction while also being cost effective.

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Joyce Wong
Express Scripts Canada

Examining the link between cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity

While medications for three interconnected chronic conditions — cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity — represent a growing proportion of employers’ drug spend, there’s plenty that can be done to help employees’ slow the progression of these conditions while managing drug plan costs.

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Neda Nasseri
Desjardins Insurance

Ross Wallace
Canadian Biosimilars Forum
How plan sponsors can use biosimilars to support employee health, reduce drug costs

Despite the safety and efficacy of biosimilars — and the potential cost savings they offer — uptake among private payers has been low historically and is only starting to gain steam.

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John Adams
Best Medicines Coalition

Plan sponsors, private payers can work together to help employees with rare diseases access novel treatments

It’s important for private payers and employers to be nimble and innovative to support plan members seeking access to novel drugs and treatments by addressing common hurdles within their own drug plans.

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To view highlights from the 2022 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum, please click here.

To view highlights from the 2021 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum, please click here.

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