Thursday, May 22, 2008

Faster, cheaper, better: B.C. health minister promises pharmaceutical overhaul

From the Vancouver Sun:
The provincial government is promising faster drug-approval times and better access to cheaper generic drugs at the pharmacy counter once the recommendations of the Pharmaceutical task force become reality.

Health Minister George Abbott said British Columbians spend, on average, about $1 billion annually on pharmaceuticals.

"Are we getting the best deal? I think not. I think that it's pretty clear particularly in the area of the generics, that we are not getting a good deal," he said in an interview.

Abbott made the comments following an announcement Wednesday that the government would be accepting all the recommendations put forward by the Pharmaceutical task force. ...more

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