Health Care in Canada: Generic Drugs and Procurement

    CALGARY, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Canadians pay very high prices for generic drugs
compared to international norms. According to Professor Aidan Hollis, an
expert in the economics of pharmaceutical markets, "The reason is not
inefficient or uncompetitive generic drug companies, but rather provincial
government pricing and insurance policies that are distorting the market."
    Hollis' paper, "Generic Drug Pricing and Procurement: A Policy for
Alberta", evaluates provincial government policies regarding generic drugs and
proposes a new approach which could save governments and private insurers tens
of millions of dollars a year.
    The full text of the paper, the second in the SPS Research Papers: Health
Series, will be available at 9 a.m. MT on Thursday, February 5, along with a
shorter summary, and can be found on The School of Policy Studies' website at
    Aidan Hollis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at
the University of Calgary. He has advised governments, pharmaceutical
companies, and testified in court in pharmaceutical patent and competition
cases. He has published over twenty articles and a book on pharmaceutical

    The mandate of The School of Policy Studies at the University of Calgary
to provide timely, in-depth studies of current issues in public policy. The
Health Series is a collection of national research papers resulting from an
initiative of the Institute for Advanced Policy Research (IAPR), within The
School of Policy Studies, with funding support from Alberta Health and

    Media Availability:
    Interviews with Dr. Hollis can be arranged following the release of the

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Betty Rice, School of Policy
Studies, University of Calgary, (403) 966-0776

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