Monday, August 07, 2006

Pharmacies chafe at changes to First Nations drug plan

Perhaps the government has pushed the pharmacies up north too far. Apparently one Yukon pharmacy is ready to give up on filling NIHB Rx as the formula has made these scripts not worth it. I wonder if more will follow suit.

Ordinarily this type of boycott would not work as most communities have more than one pharmacy. However, up north the next pharmacy can be too far away to access. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

From CBC News:
A dispute between pharmacists and Health Canada may force some First Nations people in the North to pay up-front for their prescription medications.

At least one pharmacy in the Yukon has warned First Nations members in their region that they will have to pay for their medications as of Sept. 1.

Northern pharmacies and Health Canada are at loggerheads over changes to prescription drug service for aboriginal people. ...more

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