Madam Speaker, our government continues to work to give Islanders better access to affordable prescription drugs.
Through initiatives such as reducing the cost of generic drugs, and programs such as the Catastrophic Drug Program, the financial hardship some Islanders face due to the high cost of prescription drugs is being reduced.
I’m pleased to share with this house that this month an additional eight medications have been added to the provincial formulary.
These medications are used in the treatment of:
– Hepatitis B
– Clear cell renal carcinoma
– Acute coronary syndrome
– Pulmonary arterial hypertension
– Hepatitis C
Madam Speaker, Islanders should be able to focus on their health without worrying about choosing between their prescription medications and other life necessities.
By reducing the price of generic drugs, the province has been able to reinvest in its Pharmacare programs.
Since 2006-2007, spending on Pharmacare programs has increased by more than 40 per cent. And government has added or expanded coverage of 203 medications to the list of drugs available through provincial drug programs.
The department will also continue to review additional medications that can be added to the list of publicly-funded drugs based on the advice of expert reviews. Thank you.