Category Archives: Prescription Drugs

Pharmacare modernizes Reference Drug Program

Effective June 1, 2016: The Ministry of Health is updating and expanding Pharmacare’s Reference Drug Program, with a focus on meeting the medical needs of patients. The Reference Drug Program is a part of Pharmacare, British Columbia’s public drug plan. … Continue reading

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Taking Control of rising drug costs

There are several new drugs for cancer and rare diseases coming into the marketplace that fall into the “extremely expensive” category. That is because the pharma pricing model is imperfect and drug prices are difficult to control let alone predict … Continue reading

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$300 vs. $80,000: Low-cost cure for Hepatitis C in the works

A low-cost treatment for hepatitis C could be available soon. CTVNews.ca Staff Published Monday, April 18, 2016 A non-profit group is working to develop an affordable treatment for hepatitis C that will cost less than US$300 per patient – a … Continue reading

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Health ministers urging pharmacare program to pay for prescription drugs

The Canadian Press/Graeme Roy June 8, 2015 TORONTO – Canada should have a national pharmacare program to help people pay for prescription drugs, several provincial and territorial health ministers said Monday as they vowed to make it a key issue … Continue reading

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Increase in drug spending hits 40 year low but expected to rebound soon

The amount of money Canadians spent on prescription drugs last year rose a mere 0.9 per cent, the lowest increase since statistics on drug spending were first measured in 1975, a new report said Thursday. But Michael Law, a health … Continue reading

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Universal Drug Plan would save us Billions

Canada would save billions of dollars if we instituted a national drug plan. A report was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal making this assertion and it rightly attracted a lot of attention and conversation across the country. This … Continue reading

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Taking your Pills – The befefits of drug adherence

In order to gain the positive health outcomes associated with prescription medications, patients must take their drugs “as prescribed” – a simple fact, but it is one too many patients ignore. Here is the shocker: according to the World Health … Continue reading

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Multiple Carriers have now Moved to Mandatory Generic Drugs

Greenshield Canada, Empire Life, Encon, Desjardins, Equitable,Great-West Life, Manulife, Pacific Blue Cross,Sun Life, and Standard Life are some of the many insurance providers ENCOMPASS works with, and have all confirmed that their Extended Health Plans are moving to Mandatory Generic Substitution.  This drug plan allows brand … Continue reading

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Today’s Benefits/Pension Education Session – Great Turnout!

The ENCOMPASS Team was pleased to see so many Okanagan organization’s attend today’s Breakfast Education Session. The speakers and topics were very informative. Topics included: Drugs – Are you ready for this freight train of change? – Presented by Harold Gutovich, … Continue reading

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Communicating a Benefits Rate Increase to Employees

Many employer-paid employee benefit plans, where the employer pays 100% of employee benefit premiums, are transitioning to a cost-share arrangement with employees. Costs are increasing and it’s important that everyone is aware of what factors are driving costs to increase … Continue reading

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