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It’s generic drugs or nothing, Canadian insurers say

Posted by satyrikon στο Σεπτεμβρίου 11, 2012

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Millions of Canadian patients will have virtually no choice but to buy generic versions of prescription drugs under their company health plans as two major insurance companies begin rejecting claims for brand-name medicines when a no-name is available.

“Employers are basically seeking ways to make sure their drug plans are sustainable in the long term,” said Dave Jones, a Sun Life vice-president. “The average script for a brand drug in Canada is 72 bucks, and the average script for a generic is $27.”

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Per-dose price of some of the drugs for which brand-name companies offer re-imbursement coupons, and the cost of the generic version, in Ontario.

Lipitor (anti-cholesterol) $2.34; generic 56 cents

Norvasc (blood pressure) $2.10; generic 50 cents

Zoloft (anti-depressant) $1.84; generic 44 cents

Effexor (anti-depressant) $1.90; generic 47 cents

Plavix (blood thinner) $2.65; generic 66 cents

Proscar (enlarged prostate) $1.91; generic…

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