ALBERTA, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Whether you're in Red Deer, Calgary, or
Fort McMurray, Alberta's pharmacists and community pharmacies offer
over 1000 points of access for neighbourhood care. Pharmacists make it
easier to deliver the care you need, when and where you need it. Quite
simply: Pharmacies represent the most accessible, convenient, cost
effective, health care solution and pharmacists are one of the most
highly trained and trusted health care professionals.
This begs the question: why has the Government of Alberta decided to
create a challenging business and patient care environment while asking
pharmacists to do more, rather than collaborating to enhance access to
patient care and lower overall health care costs?
Expanding the types of services pharmacists can provide such as; helping
Albertans manage chronic diseases, and make use of the most cost
appropriate medications for the right patients at the right time can
save the province millions of dollars.
Innovative solutions are available that could guarantee the continuity
of patient care, ensure business stability, and offer government
meaningful savings. Working together with government, we can make
Without a doubt Alberta's government is facing fiscal pressures that
require innovative solutions. We, the Alberta Pharmacists' Association
(RxA), the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) and Value
Drug Mart Associates (VDM), invite the Government of Alberta and Health
Minister Horne to work with us to drive health care change that will
deliver meaningful savings and ready Albertans for a stronger future.
Community pharmacists have ideas and strategies that will help deliver
immediate savings to government and ensure the province's fiscal
targets are achieved this year and well into the future.
Together, pharmacists and community pharmacy offer the physical and
technological infrastructure, and business acumen to drive practice
change. Our partnerships in the broader pharmacy community enable us
to define the most cost-effective pharmacy solutions, implement new
professional patient care options and present new opportunities to
enhance the government's emergency preparedness.
We invite the government of Alberta and Health Minister Horne to work
with us to create, develop and implement new ways that pharmacists and
pharmacies can drive health care change, deliver meaningful savings and
provide more comprehensive patient care.
Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Pharmacists' Association
Denise Carpenter, ICD.D
President & Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Association of Chain Drug
Alan L. Hodgins
Chief Executive Officer, Value Drug Mart Associates Ltd.
On Behalf of Value Drug Mart Stores, Apple Drug Stores
and Rxellence Professional Dispensaries.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores