Research data published in CMAJ illustrate that Canada pays more for prescription drugs for common conditions than other countries, as reported CBC News Monday.
In the study, the researchers examined data for drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, pain and gastrointestinal issues for 10 countries.
The investigators found that the annual expenditures per capita in Canada was $158, second-most among the 10 countries examined.
"This study shows that Canada is a relatively poor performer in terms of encouraging cost-conscious prescription drug utilisation and a very poor performer in terms of achieving low prices for both the brand name and generic drugs that would be used for these therapeutic categories," commented study author Steven Morgan.
In a related commentary, Joel Lexchin stated "Canada needs universal pharmacare," continuing "Canada is not doing well when it comes to ensuring that its population has access to prescription medications. "We can and must get to a better place."
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