Monday, January 25, 2010

Pharmacists protesting cuts

From the Edmonton Sun:
A group of Alberta pharmacies launched a campaign today protesting the provincial government's proposed cuts to community pharmacy funding.

The I Care About My Pharmacist campaign is fighting the second phase of the Alberta pharmaceutical strategy announced in October, which includes negotiating reduced costs for brand-name drugs as well as reducing generic drug prices from 75% of brand name drug prices to 45%.

The group is concerned that these price reductions will result in lay-offs, fewer pharmacy services, and ultimately force some pharmacies to close their doors.

"There are over 70 communities in Alberta that only have one pharmacy.

As a result, those Albertans are going to have to travel considerable distances just to get a prescription filled," said campaign spokesman Al Hodgins, adding these cuts affect patients' healthcare. ...more

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