Canada’s Health Department Proposes Non-competitive Regulatory and Maintenance Service Fees for Veterinary Drugs

On October 21, 2017, Health Canada publicly released its Fee Proposal for Drugs and Medical Devices. The Service Fee Act was introduced as part of an Omnibus Budget 2017 Bill and in the Canadian Animal Health Institute’s opinion did not get the scrutiny it needed, particularly as it relates to public/private good and competitiveness. Jean Szkotnicki at CAHI describes the concerns of the Institute about the unintended consequences of the proposed fees, should they be introduced as is in 2019.