OTTAWA, Oct.11, 2017 /CNW/ - The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB), through the National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System researchinitiative, today published Alignment Among Public Formularies in Canada - Part 1: General Overview. This is the first report in a three-part series that compares drug coverage across provincial and federal public
This report compares the lists of drugs covered by the public plans in 2015 and determines the extent to which they overlap. It also examines the degree of overlap among plans for specific market segments including generic drugs and branded products, high-cost drugs, and a specified list of drugs that experts believe are essential to the Canadian health care system.
The report found that public drug plan formularies listed a fairly high percentage of the drugs in question, especially for the list of essential medicines. In general, generic drugs had higher listing rates than branded products. The variation among public plans was greatest for high-cost drugs.
Alignment Among Public Formularies in Canada - Part 1 is available on the PMPRB website in PDF and accessible HTML formats. Parts 2 and 3 of the series will focus specifically on newer non-cancer drugs evaluated for their cost-effectiveness via the Common Drug Review (CDR) and cancer drugs evaluated via the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review.
SOURCE Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
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