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Mission and Vision

The Problem

Faced with the combined challenges of an aging population, increasing health care costs and stagnating health funding, appropriate use of medication and access to medication are more than ever central issues for the health of Canadians.


No single discipline – be it medicine, pharmacy, epidemiology, health administration or public policy – can tackle these problems singlehandedly. To address these gaps, there is a need for collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches to these challenges.

Ottawa has expertise in these areas, with researchers from various institutions who share a number of common goals, all of them working, in one way or another, toward transparent evidence, rational use, and equitable access to medications.



Our Role

The purpose of the RTMP is to bring together Ottawa academic researchers whose work focuses on medication appropriateness and access. More specifically, its goals are:


  • To create opportunities for networking and developing collaborative projects among RTMP researchers;

  • To provide RTMP researchers with a common platform to present their work and share relevant knowledge and findings with both professional and lay audiences; different media and approaches are used, including professional and lay symposia, a website, and the use of social media.

  • To work toward the production of resources for use by a broad audience – patients, clinicians, and health policy experts -- in four key areas corresponding to four levels of knowledge acquisition and application:

    • Clinical:  Medication management

    • Population: Pharmacoepidemiology

    • Resource allocation:  Pharmacoeconomics

    • Health Systems: Pharmaceutical policy

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