17 Mar Fair Drug Prices Consultation Summary

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Consultation Summary good, waiting for a plan on Fair Drug Prices

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is reserving judgement on the Fair Drug Prices Review until a full plan is released later this spring.  The province released a summary of the consultations held last fall, but has not indicated what policy options they will pursue.

“We were very pleased with the consultation process and glad to see this initiative continue to move forward,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.

During the consultation the Health Network focused on three key issues: access to prescription drugs, cost for patients and the province, and patient safety by focusing on prescribing practices.  A full copy of our submission is available here.

Specifically the Health Network wants to ensure that:

1.     Any money saved through the Fair Drug Prices Review is redirected to expand access to prescription drugs.

2.     A legislative cost cap for generic drugs is set at about 25%, just like in Ontario.

3.     Pressure is applied to the federal government to act on creating a National Pharmacare Program.

 “We look forward to seeing the government’s legislation and other proposals this spring and urge the province to take firm action to protect the health of Nova Scotians from Big Pharma,” says Buott.

 

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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott

Coordinator

Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

Work – (902) 406-9422

Cell – (902) 478-0239

 

About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:

Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.

The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.

The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.