Rare Diseases

Knowledge Users

Tammy Clifford, MSc, PhD

Dr. Tammy Clifford is the Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, and Chief Scientist at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Her responsibilities include aligning with best practices the methods and processes employed in conducting assessments on drugs and other health technologies, assuring the continued quality of CADTH reports, and building capacity amongst producers and users of evidence-based assessments by providing education, training, and outreach. Dr. Clifford holds faculty appointments in Pediatrics and in Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Clifford received her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario and both her BSc and MSc(A) from McGill University. Tammy is known for her research on infant colic and also studies the methods underpinning systematic reviews. She has a keen interest in the editorial peer review process.

Barry Jones, BPharm

Barry Jones graduated with a Pharmacy degree at the University of London, UK. He spent several years as the Chief Pharmacist for Phoenix Group Pharmacies in Bermuda, before operating a successful Pharmacy business there. He is a former president of the Bermuda Pharmaceutical Association. Since returning to Canada with his family, Barry has been employed with Health Canada and has worked in areas of pre-market activities, post-market surveillance and controlled substances. Presently, Barry is with the office of Pharmaceutical Management Strategies (OPMS) within Strategic policy Branch (SPB). He is acting Associate Director and a Senior Policy Analyst. His areas of expertise include expensive drugs for rare diseases (orphan drugs), personalised medicine (and targeted therapies), pricing of pharmaceuticals and market access strategies.

Eric Lun, BSc, BScPharm, ACPR, PharmD

In his current role within Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health Services, Eric leads the Drug Intelligence branch. The branch consists of several operating units including Formulary Management, Special Authority, Clinical Decision Support, and the Alzheimer’s Drug Therapy Initiative. Formulary Management is responsible for the PharmaCare drug review process and benefit listing decisions while the Special Authority program is responsible for adjudicating requests for limited coverage drugs. Prior to joining PSD, Eric worked with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority as Regional Coordinator, Medication Use Management, responsible for managing the Health Authority’s drug formulary. Eric has also worked as a financial research analyst for the biotech and healthcare sector (TD Securities), as a clinical pharmacist (Vancouver General Hospital), a Drug Use Evaluation pharmacist (University of Alberta Hospital), and a pharmacy lecturer (University of Technology, Jamaica).

Bob Nakagawa, BScPharm, ACPR

Bob Nakagawa is Registrar of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia. Prior to joining the College as Registrar in April 2012, Bob was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health.

Bob has a pharmacy degree from UBC and a residency in hospital pharmacy from St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. He has worked both in hospital and in government in developing innovative services and policies for the last 3 decades. He has served as President of the College of Pharmacists of BC, as well as the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Bob is an expert in public drug plan management and has provided advice to federal, provincial and international governments in this area. Bob has chaired the Drug Benefits Committee for BC PharmaCare and the Federal Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for Canada.

Barbara Walman, ADM

Barbara Walman was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Pharmaceutical Services Division on May 22, 2012. Prior to this appointment, she has held a number of Assistant Deputy Minister positions, including Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Community Services, Ministry of Attorney General and now is very pleased to be a team member at the Ministry of Health . Barbara was recently a finalist in the Premier’s Awards for Leadership.

Barbara joined the British Columbia Public Service in 1993, for a second time, with the Ministry of Social Services. Over time she has accepted numerous challenging and exciting positions in the public service and has been part of stimulating and complex initiatives, such as leading the development and implementation of government’s Employee Performance and Development Plan, drafting the response to the critical issue of an aging demographic, Seniors in British Columbia: A Healthy Living Framework, developing programs and initiatives to stop violence against women, and leading the Community Transition Program for communities impacted by economic downturn. Prior to joining the public service, Barbara worked in the areas of early childhood intervention, life skills coaching and adult literacy.

Barbara attended Mount Royal College where she received a Social Services diploma and Royal Roads University, completing the Executive Program in Public Sector Leadership. She has a deep commitment to the public service and is especially dedicated to leadership, employee engagement and service to the public.