TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's community pharmacies look forward
to working with government to implement strategic solutions that manage
healthcare costs and improve access to patient care.
Healthcare savings contained in the budget tabled by Minister Sousa,
reflect collaborative efforts between Canada's broader pharmacy
community and the Government of Ontario. Together, community pharmacy
and the government can ensure patients have access to the right care,
at the right time, and in the right place, while balancing the need to
contain healthcare costs.
"Leaders from across the broader pharmacy community are committed to
working with the Government of Ontario to ensure that we are making the
best use of Canada's most accessible healthcare centres and Canada's
most trusted health care professionals - the pharmacy and the
pharmacist" said Denise Carpenter, President and CEO of the Canadian
Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS).
"Savings announced by Minister Sousa in today's budget, achieved through
drug reimbursement strategies, were developed in partnership with
industry. We look forward to a continued role in helping Minister
Matthews and health officials design new approaches to the delivery of
patient care in the pharmacy. This approach will ensure significant
healthcare savings; help Ontarians manage chronic conditions; prevent
costly and life threatening adverse drug reactions; and help make sure
that patients have access to the right medication, at the right time,
at the right price" continued Carpenter.
Earlier this month Canada's community pharmacies launched a
collaborative initiative that outlines innovative strategies to improve
access to affordable care. The plan identifies five creative
initiatives that, based on estimates independently validated by the
Conference Board of Canada, could save governments between $8.5 billion
and $11 billion over three years.
These strategies include:
Treating minor ailments and administering certain vaccines
Ensuring affordable access to key medications
Managing chronic conditions
Leveraging the pharmaceutical distribution model
Further preventing adverse drug reactions
"We look forward to ongoing collaboration with Premier Wynne, Minister
Sousa, and Minister Matthews as we do our part to enhance patient care
and manage cherished health care dollars" concluded Carpenter.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores
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