Media Advisory - CFIB tells Ontario's Health Minister: "You are risking the
future of independent pharmacies"

TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has issued an open letter today to minister of health and long-term care, Deb Matthews, on the proposed changes to the prescription drug system. Citing specific examples, CFIB outlined how the changes will hurt patient care by making it harder for independent pharmacies in Ontario to remain in business.

CFIB's Ontario director Satinder Chera stated, "that while these family owned and operated pharmacies have no problem with the government's objective to reduce health care costs, by regulating higher input costs the changes will make it nearly impossible for an independent pharmacist to provide for their families, patients and the local community."

Chera concluded by urging minister Matthews to return to the table and negotiate with Ontario's pharmacists on a strategy that respects the public purse while allowing them to do what they do best - serve their patients.

For a copy of the letter: www.cfib-fcei.ca/english/advocacy/ontario/209-business_issues.html

SOURCE Canadian Federation of Independent Business

For further information: For further information: please call Meghan Carrington or Adam Miller at (416) 222-8022 or send a request via email to public.affairs@cfib.ca


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