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Corporate Responsibility

Cancer Survivor Month
Message from Melanie Milburn, Vice President Marketing

This June, Purdue Pharma (Canada) joins all of those celebrating Cancer Survivors Month in Canada, and around the world. Since 2016, Canadians have been taking pause during the month of June to reflect on how cancer has affected our lives, the lives of people we know, and to celebrate the survivors who remain with us because of innovative research and treatments.

In April, we shared Purdue Pharma (Canada)’s commitment to finding solutions for cancer patients to treat and live with pain caused by their disease, procedure or treatment, and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, based on 2006-2008 estimates, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer are expected to survive for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis.[1] And, between 1992-1994 and 2006-2008, survival rates increased from 53% to 60%[2]. This is an important statistic, especially if you go back even further to the 1940s when the 5-year survival rate was a mere 25%[3]. And while we cannot lose sight of the men and women who die due to cancer every day, today is about celebrating those who are still living with cancer and are in our homes, in our workplaces, in our communities, and in our lives.

All of these statistics prove that collectively, we are moving in the right direction when it comes to cancer research and treatment options. And Purdue Pharma (Canada) takes our role in helping to improve the quality of life of cancer patients very seriously.

Today, we focus on the cancer survivors. Tomorrow, we get back to the hard work of ensuring we have more survivors in the months and years to come.

[1] Canadian Cancer Society
[2] Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Statistics Publication
[3] Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Statistics Publication

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Doing the right thing

Purdue Pharma (Canada) believes that our corporate responsibility does not stop with providing innovative medicines designed to improve patient health and well-being. We believe we have a larger role to play in the health of our communities and we’re proud of our long standing commitment to corporate citizenship and community service. As part of our corporate responsibility program, we have four areas of focus:

  • Sponsorships, donations and grants

    Purdue Pharma (Canada) takes an active role in supporting organizations that try to improve the quality of life where our employees live and work. We provide sponsorships, donations, in-kind service support and grants.

    Our Commitment to the Community

    Purdue Pharma (Canada) believes its responsibility goes beyond the provision of innovative medicines.  Each year we contribute funding to a wide range of community organizations across Canada. These include health and science education programs, disease awareness initiatives, community agencies as well as the scientific and academic communities.

    As a proud and active member of Canada’s INNOVATIVE MEDICINES CANADA, Purdue Pharma (Canada) supports the Guidelines for Transparency in Stakeholder Funding. Please click here for a list of groups to which the company has provided funding.

    PRODUCT DONATIONS

    Purdue Pharma (Canada) is proud to donate products for international humanitarian aid through Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).  This agency arranges shipments of products to needed areas of the world and also supplies physician travel packs, containing medicines and medical supplies suitable for use by individual physicians on overseas aid missions.

    If you are a physician interested in product donations to support international medical missions, please contact HPIC directly at 1-800-627-1787 or http://www.hpicanada.ca/.

  • DISCLOSING PAYMENTS TO HCPs AND HCOs

    As an active member of Innovative Medicines Canada, Purdue Pharma (Canada) joins other member companies in voluntarily publishing aggregated sums of payments made to Canadian Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and Healthcare Organizations (HCOs) to increase transparency about our operations in Canada. Innovative Medicines Canada built a reporting framework to ensure consistency in the approach. As a key stakeholder within the Canadian healthcare system, the pharmaceutical industry plays an important role with patients, caregivers, healthcare practitioners (HCPs), governments, as well as payers in Canada.

    By bringing greater transparency to these valuable and well-regulated relationships we hope to increase understanding of the research-based pharmaceutical industry’s collaboration across the healthcare sector, and contribute to enhancing trust and value for patients, as well as our healthcare system.

    Collaboration among HCPs, HCOs and the pharmaceutical industry is essential to improving the quality of life of Canadians as it drives scientific advancements, enhances medical education, and promotes health literacy.

    View Purdue Pharma (Canada)’s disclosure of 2016 payments.

  • Preventing the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs

    The appropriate management of pain and addressing the effects of misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription pain medications are both serious public health problems. Pain affects millions of people each year. Pain medications remain a safe and effective treatment for appropriately selected and monitored patients. Unfortunately, misuse and abuse and diversion of pain medications can lead to tragic consequences, including addiction, overdose and death. Purdue Pharma (Canada) has been committed to providing resources to support the responsible use of prescription opioids for pain.

    As a pharmaceutical leader in pain medicine, we are acutely aware of the public health risk these powerful medications create, especially when they are diverted, misused and/or abused. That’s why we work with health experts and government agencies on efforts to reduce the risk of opioid abuse and misuse without reducing appropriate pain treatment. At Purdue Pharma (Canada) we support a number of initiatives that address the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.

    Learn more

  • Safe disposal of prescription medicine

    Purdue has been an industry advocate of proper storage and safe disposal of prescription medicine. Safe disposal keeps drugs out of the hands of children and other people who might use them inappropriately. It keeps drugs out of landfill sites and water supplies. And it prevents the inadvertent use of unused or expired medications. A proud member of Canada Health Products Stewardship Association (CHPSA), Purdue helps to fund nation-wide programs that ensure safe and effective collection and disposal of prescription medications. Please visit www.healthsteward.ca for more information.

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  • Employee initiatives

    Purdue Pharma (Canada) employees can expect a work environment that focuses on their health and wellness, while providing opportunities to grow, learn, be engaged and fulfilled.Employees also have the opportunity to give back through volunteer efforts in the community and various fundraising campaigns, such as United Way.

    Each year Purdue Pharma (Canada) employees join together to donate their time, energy and financial resources during our annual employee fundraising campaign for the United Way of Ajax-Pickering-Uxbridge.  Our longstanding commitment to United Way has been recognized year after year with several awards.  In 2009, Purdue Pharma (Canada) celebrated an outstanding campaign with two awards, including a corporate and employee award of excellence honouring the generosity of our company and employees and an award recognizing our employee campaign coordinator for running a successful campaign.

    We also run annual campaigns where employees donate clothes, personal care and household items to Durham-area shelters to help those in need.

    These initiatives help foster a culture of volunteerism where employees have the opportunity to get involved and make a difference.

    For more information on our Corporate Responsibility initiatives, contact us at 905-420-6400.

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