Can Canada curb its too-high drug prices?

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  1. Patricia Lawrence

    It’s about time there was some positive movement in this area. At age 71 I am still working part-time to keep my extended medical benefits. I am taking 6 medications, and if I were to retire, I would not be able to afford 3 of them because of the expense. I am exhausted. My health is not good, and I would really like to retire, but I can’t afford it. The drug prices are a big part of this. If I did retire, I’d have to stop taking at least 3 of my medications. If I stop taking them, I would likely die fairly soon. I find it outrageous that as a senior who has worked hard all her life and paid taxes, that this is how I am treated by the Canadian (specifically BC) health system.

  2. sushila

    agree with morgan – The kind of thinking in these new regulations, especially the value-for-money component, is helpful in protecting not just individual consumers, but the system as a whole from being abused,

  3. Joe

    What I find most interesting is that a “Patient group” is siding with the North American pharmaceutical companies in order to sustain higher drug prices to drive research into new drugs. Yet their meetings and discussions are not offered in any open context to the general public for open transparency in a democracy, Really?

    Unfortunately over 95% of the new patented drugs are aimed at existing ailments we have ample existing drugs for. In some cases long ago relinquished patents on still effective medications such as high blood pressure beta blockers, at 77 and counting on the market.

    It’s all about keeping you sicker and controlling the population under industry as opposed to a true cure. Losing all that money to what? A bigger yacht or monster cottage in the Maldives for CEO’s?

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