TORONTO, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Denise Carpenter, President of the
Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) questioned the timing
and content of the cuts to the reimbursed prices of generics drugs
announced by the Government of Alberta in its March 7, 2013 budget.
"Over the past several years, the Canadian Association of Chain Drug
Stores has been engaging the Alberta government to develop a smarter
solution for the provision of pharmacy services in Alberta. It is not
clear to us why the government has chosen to legislate halving of
generic drug prices without first implementing the solutions proposed
by our Association, our members' companies and our pharmacists, which
have potential to deliver even greater savings without jeopardizing our
ability to provide value-added patients services." Carpenter noted.
Carpenter noted that Canada's community pharmacies support the efforts
by governments to balance their budgets and have demonstrated our
willingness to help governments find responsible ways to deliver
savings while protecting the delivery of health care services. Along
with partners in manufacturing, pharmaceutical distribution, and
community pharmacists, CACDS has been working with provincial and
territorial governments to develop proposals that would provide
significant savings to Canada's health care system now and well into
Alberta, as co-lead of a pan-Canadian process to achieve efficiencies
and savings, had been working for some time with CACDS and its partners
on patient-friendly cost savings.
"Our estimates put immediate potential savings in hundreds of millions
and longer term savings in the billions." Carpenter noted. "We were
working with them. That's why we were shocked when the Alberta
government blind-sided broader pharmacy by unilaterally cutting generic
drug prices by 50%."
Governments across Canada must recognize that drug costs cannot be
viewed in a vacuum. Our patient care model has historically linked
drug costs to the delivery of pharmacy services. The viability of
pharmacy services is under attack, and now services are being put at
By keeping patients healthier and preventing the need for more costly
forms of care, pharmacy lowers costs across the board. To arbitrarily
cut community pharmacy is to see other costs—even greater costs—pop up
in other places.
"As health care providers, we call on the Government of Alberta to
abandon its decision to unilaterally reduce generic prices by 50% and,
instead, work with us to design and implement a program that protects
and supports pharmacy services, while responsibly lowering drug costs,"
Canada's community pharmacies, and our partners in the supply chain,
have no doubt the Government of Alberta wants to do the right thing;
however this course of action doesn't guarantee they will do things
right. We are asking the government to return to multi-stakeholder
initiatives that will improve access to affordable health care, now and
in the future.
The number one priority for Canada's community pharmacies continues to
be enhancing patient care and protecting the accessibility and
unmatched availability of pharmacy services through our community
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores
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