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Excellent Care for All

Ontario’s Drug Reform

Ontario is one of the largest purchasers of prescription drugs in the world, but for too long was paying some of the highest prices for generic drugs. The higher prices weren’t justified. They were largely due to an arrangement where generic drug manufacturers were essentially paying the pharmacists who stock their products. These professional allowances forced the prices of the products higher. It meant it cost taxpayers more to fund drugs covered by the Ontario Drugs Benefit Program. It cost employers as well as patients more to pay for these generic drugs. With the reforms the province introduced to the drug system, the cost of most generic drugs dropped to 50 per cent of the cost of the equivalent brand name drug. The savings are being re-invested to improve health care. The province is committed to pay for what benefits patients and to continue looking for ways to maximize value on Ontario’s significant investment in this area.

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