Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

November 25, 2008 16:42 ET

Canadian Pharmacists Association: Recommendations from Competition Bureau Cover Familiar Ground

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2008) - In a report presented today by Sheridan Scott, Commissioner, Competition Bureau, at the Economic Club of Toronto, the Competition Bureau advocated for efforts to be made to change the way generic drugs are paid for in an effort to pass benefits on to payers or consumers.

Warren Meek, President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, said "pharmacists will welcome the view expressed by Ms. Scott that provinces should set up a framework to reimburse pharmacists directly for new services that provide benefits to consumers rather than rely on professional allowances from generic manufacturers."

However, the report perpetuates the myth that pharmacies do not pass on the benefits of these allowances to consumers. Pharmacies currently do this by providing services for free, such as home delivery services and clinic days that are not reimbursed by drug plans.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association's Executive Director, Jeff Poston, stated "while this is a detailed analysis of the issue, the recommendations offer little new. The report raises established approaches such as competitive tendering, preferred provider networks and mail order services, all of which have well defined deficiencies and shortcomings."

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is the national organization of pharmacists, committed to providing leadership for the profession and improving the health of Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Pharmacists Association
    Jeff Poston
    Executive Director
    613-523-7877 ext. 256
    Cell: 613-293-7398
    jposton@pharmacists.ca.