Premiers ready to welcome Ottawa into alliance that buys drugs in bulk – CP

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Premiers ready to welcome Ottawa into alliance that buys drugs in bulk – CP

by ahnationtalk on July 17, 2015898 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Jul 17, 2015 11:19

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. _ Canada’s premiers are opening the door for the federal government to join a provincial and territorial alliance that buys prescription drugs in bulk.

Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski says the provinces and territories would like to see Ottawa bring all of its drug plans into the alliance to boost its buying power and push for lower prices for pharmaceuticals.

He says only some plans are being suggested by Ottawa for inclusion in the alliance.

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose has been ramping up the pressure recently to try and join the network.

The federal government is one of the biggest buyers of prescription drugs in Canada, as it helps supply medications to the prison population, First Nations, soldiers and veterans.

In a letter obtained by The Canadian Press sent just before premiers gathered in St. John’s, N.L., for meetings this week, Ambrose urged her provincial and territorial counterparts to tap into federal “buying leverage and expertise.”


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