CLL Canada Advocacy for the Funding of Venetoclax and Acalabrutinib Treatments for CLL
In April 2020, CLL Canada made submissions to the agencies responsible for making recommendations to provincial governments regarding the funding of medical treatments. CADTH is the agency for all Canadian provinces except Quebec, which has its own agency INESSS.
CLL Canada, in collaboration with Lymphoma Canada, submitted patient input to the review of two CLL treatments: (1) Venetoclax and obinutuzumab (Gazyva) for first-line treatment of CLL/SLL and (2) Acalabrutinib (Calquence) for first-line and relapsed treatment of CLL/SLL. We surveyed CLL patients in Canada and around the world that had experienced these treatments and used this data to demonstrate that these treatments had few side effects and permitted patients to regain a good quality of life, in addition to their beneficial health effects. These briefs were also submitted to INESSS in Quebec.