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Wednesday, 31 October, 2007

BC pharmacists respond to "kickback" allegations

First of all, they prefer to call them "rebates."

, responding to the new Competition Bureau report on generic drug prices (see ), says generic manufacturers' rebates aren't passed on to consumers in the form of savings on the drugs because -- like giving patients advice or helping them sort out their medications, tasks for which the government doesn't remunerate pharmacists sufficiently.

"Without the income generated from the rebates coming from the generic manufacturers, necessary pharmacy services would be going unfunded," Marnie Mitchell, CEO of the British Columbia Pharmacy Association, said in a statement.

"By having regular conversations with patients about their health, and working to optimize drug regimes, pharmacists improve the quality of life and health outcomes for patients, and keep them out of the hospital," Mitchell said.

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