Industry and Government collaboration the best path to ensure successful
savings and high quality patient care
TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to the Government of Prince
Edward Island's (PEI) budget announcement, Canada's community
pharmacies expressed their eagerness to work collaboratively as
industry, with pharmacists, and government to balance the need for
health care savings with business stability and continuity of patient
care offered by community pharmacies.
"We are encouraged by PEI's approach to partnering with community
pharmacy and pharmacists to identify the best path forward. This budget
pursues costs savings through a pricing strategy collaboratively
designed and agreed to through the Council of the Federation. We are
confident that Premier Ghiz and his government, like that of Premier
Wall, acknowledge the important role that pharmacy and pharmacist play
in the provision of care. Their commitment to working with our industry
through the Council of the Federation's Health Care Innovation Working
Group also speaks to the complicated funding environment in which we
operate and the need for funding stability. We look forward to being a
full partner in designing how best to enhance patient care and identify
responsible patient focused budget savings."
As part of the government's 2013 budget, Finance Minister Wesley
Sheridan announced that the government will proceed with achieving cost
savings through industry and government identified reduction of the
reimbursed price of 6 generic drugs at 18% in the province.
"Community pharmacy and pharmacists will work with government to
identify how best we can collaboratively mitigate potential impacts of
this reduction and ensure the continuity of care and service our
patients and customers expect" continued Carpenter.
Canada's community pharmacies have been working with various provincial
governments, and officials through the Council of the Federation's
Health Care Innovation Working Group, co-chaired by Premier Brad Wall
of Saskatchewan and Premier Robert Ghiz of PEI. Community pharmacy
continues to put forward ideas that drive savings in the hundreds of
millions in the next 3 years and billions of dollars in savings over
the long term.
Initiatives include helping pharmacist practice to their full scope and
provide much needed patient care like helping Canadians manage chronic
illness and get prescriptions for acute conditions; making better use
of affordable generic medications; and leveraging the sophistication
and security of Canadians pharmaceutical distribution model.
Together, Canada's community pharmacies offer over 9,000 points of care
making them the most convenient, accessible, and low cost patient care
environment in Canada.
"The number one priority for Canada's community pharmacies continues to
be enhancing the patient experience and protecting the accessibility
and unmatched availability of pharmacy services in the urban, rural,
and remote communities we serve. As health care leaders, we recognize
governments' desire for transformation in the delivery of patient care.
We look forward to working with the Government of PEI, and the Council
of the Federation, to ensure that this transformation happens in a
thoughtful, measured, and strategic way; one that protects patient
choice and the patient experience" concluded Carpenter.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores
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