Latest agreement between public payers and the Canadian generic industry closes gap with international prices
OTTAWA, Aug. 14, 2019 /CNW/ - The latest edition of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) Generics360 report finds that government policies have significantly reduced the prices for generic drugs in recent years, resulting in important savings
Since 2007, the PMPRB has been monitoring and reporting changes in the Canadian generic landscape to support public and private drug plans in their efforts to make sustainable pricing, purchasing and reimbursement decisions. Over the past decade, the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) has made a concerted effort to lower generic drug prices in Canada. The most recent agreement between the pCPA and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance (CGPA) effectively closes the gap between Canadian and international prices.
Although Canadians are using more generic drugs than ever, their total spending on generics was the same in 2018 as it was in 2010, due to significant price reductions over that time period. From 2007 to 2018, prices of selected oral generic drugs in Canada have fallen more than prices in comparable countries, decreasing by almost 60%. During this time, some of the most commonly used generics were subject to a more significant 80% price reduction.
All Canadians benefit equally from these price reductions, whether they are covered by public drug plans, private insurers, or pay out of pocket.
Quotes"I'm thrilled that our efforts to lower drug prices are paying off for all Canadians. After a decade of collaboration with provinces and territories, Canadians now have access to much more affordable generic drugs. This means huge savings for both individuals & governments and helps lay the groundwork for National Pharmacare." The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"We look forward to continuing the important work of providing our stakeholders with the information they require to make timely and knowledgeable pricing, purchasing and reimbursement decisions." Dr. Mitchell LevineChairperson, PMPRB
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SOURCE Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
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