Teva Canada Charts a New Prescription for Care

According to the General Social Survey – Caregiving and Care Receiving1 (compiled pre-pandemic, released in 2022), one in four Canadians aged 15 or older are providing care for family members or friends with a long-term condition, a physical or mental disability or problems related to aging. (More than 20,000 respondents polled represent 31 million Canadians.)

Women account for almost two-thirds of caregivers providing 20 or more hours of care per week and those providing that level of care are more likely to report their caregiving responsibilities to be stressful or very stressful2. A further 86 per cent of respondents who provide more than 20 hours of care per week felt they were unable to spend as much time with their family and more than three-quarters (78 per cent) reported spending less time participating in social activities and with friends3.

“The pandemic meant that many Canadians experienced the limitations of our healthcare system. Countless caregivers have had to fill in the gaps when caring for a family member or friend who is vulnerable. Through a number of new initiatives, we are creating a platform for the exchange of ideas, big and small, that empowers caregivers to collaborate with health professionals and stakeholders for a better system,” says People Before Patients’ CEO Mark Stolow.

Charting A Prescription for Care
To get the conversation started, today Teva Canada launches a 5-week series of podcasts featuring insights from valued healthcare thought leaders in Canada, including:

  • April 5, 2022 Scott Swanson, Caregiver to elderly parents, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • April 12, 2022 Dr. Danielle Paes, Chief Pharmacist at the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association, Markham, Ontario
  • April 19, 2022 Karine Degré, Nurse, Montreal, Quebec
  • April 26, 2022 Dr. Nicole Didyk, Gerontologist, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • May 3, 2022 Bhaskar Goswami, Wellness Visionary, Montreal, Quebec

Each guest will reflect on an important pillar of the healthcare system and will highlight what their personal prescription for the future of Canadian healthcare should encapsulate. As National Caregiver month closes out, the speakers will come together for a unique panel discussion on May 10, 2022, featuring a keynote address from #SickNotWeak founder and mental health advocate, Michael Landsberg. Having much experience as a caregiver to someone with a mental illness, and open about his own struggles with depression, he has front-row perspective on the unique challenges of caregiving for someone with a mental illness versus a physical one. 

To harvest the collective experiences and visions of what the future of healthcare should look like, Teva Canada has developed the “Prescription for Care” national online survey. From today through to May 31, 2022, the survey will capture ideas from adult Canadians who care about their health and the health of their communities.  Findings from this national online survey will be compiled and a framework for change paper will be shared with key healthcare and government stakeholders. It will be available to the public on Teva Canada’s website and via social channels.

“We’re looking to healthcare users, including patients, paid and unpaid caregivers and those within the healthcare system to draw on their experiences and provide their unique insights,” says Jason Soler, Senior Director, Marketing & Market Access for Teva Canada. “The role of Caregiver has evolved over the decades, but have the supports that are required to maintain best care for both patients and caregivers kept up with the pace? We’re eager to review the ideas and outcomes from the survey to present an overview of what’s working for caregivers and where more help is needed.”

About the Teva Canada Caregiver-Friendly Pharmacy
In 2019 Teva Canada launched the Caregiver Friendly Pharmacy (CFP) program – a national program that supports caregivers with online tools and resources and empowers pharmacists to identify and engage with caregivers.  

The CFP includes:

  • Downloadable Online Caregiver resources used by over a quarter of a million Canadians including:

About Teva Canada
Teva Canada, headquartered in Toronto, has provided affordable healthcare solutions to Canadians for over 50 years, building their trust one prescription at a time with now more than 290,0004 prescriptions filled each day with our products, representing 1 of every 5 generic prescriptions in Canada5. The company specializes in the development, production, and marketing of high-quality generic prescription pharmaceuticals and, through our branded division, focuses on a diverse line of speciality and biopharmaceutical products in a variety of therapeutic areas such as central nervous system (CNS), respiratory, oncology and rheumatology. Teva Canada’s commitment to helping improve the lives of Canadians also extends to the Teva Caregiver program – providing tools and resources for Canadians navigating the care journey. Teva Canada employs more than 900 professionals, had sales of nearly $1.2 billion6 in 2021, and markets more than 3207 products in over 9357 SKUs in Canada. We are a proud subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Learn more at www.tevacanada.com.

About Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) has been developing and producing medicines to improve people’s lives for more than a century. We are a global leader in generic and specialty medicines with a portfolio consisting of over 3,500 products in nearly every therapeutic area. Around 200 million people around the world take a Teva medicine every day and are served by one of the largest and most complex supply chains in the pharmaceutical industry. Along with our established presence in generics, we have significant innovative research and operations supporting our growing portfolio of specialty and biopharmaceutical products. Learn more at www.tevapharm.com.

SOURCE Teva Canada

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