Pharmacy bills slashed for Manitoba families, taxpayers



WINNIPEG -- Manitobans just shaved $3.7 million of their pharmacy bills -- and $2.5 million from their tax bill, Health Minister Theresa Oswald says.

The province added 81 new drugs to its negotiated list of cheaper medications.

They include a pediatric-strength Tamiflu (a flu drug), HIV treatments, and medications used to treat children who are growth-hormone deficient.

“Our comprehensive pharmacare program is nationally recognized and Manitobans have come to expect low prescription drug costs and enhanced treatment options,” Oswald said. “With this enhancement to pharmacare, we’ve added 234 new drugs to the formulary since January.

That’s in addition to the 121 we added last fall, giving Manitobans more choice and reducing costs. We have also negotiated even lower prices for many generic drugs over the last year, which will save Manitoba families and government over $26 million annually.”

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