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LETTER – Pharmacies making unfair profits through dispensing fees during COVID crisis

Dear editor,

We are in unprecedented times and all levels of government are trying their best to accommodate all of us financially.

Saying that, there are still people that do not qualify for subsidies of any kind, but the issue is, why are our pharmacies allowed to basically triple their dispensing fees?

RELATED: B.C. patients facing more dispensing fees due to prescription limits amidst COVID-19

This is in relation to restricting medication refills from three months to one month. I watch the news like everyone else does and nowhere have I heard from the federal or provincial government that there is a shortage or risk of supply of medications, yet the pharmacies decided to implement this policy. I have no issue with pharmacies limiting the supply of medications to one month but why not decrease their dispensing fees to be in line with this policy? There is no increased cost to pharmacies for giving a one-month supply as opposed to three months’ supply of medication.

This is a very easy fix for the government and pharmacy association of B.C. but it seems to have gone under the radar. The government was quick about putting regulations in place to stop people from selling PPE for inflated prices, which was appropriate, but has done nothing about this issue.

Why won’t the government put a stop to this? It does affect a lot of people.

Kevin Bogdan,


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