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Seniors and drug prices in Canada and the United States / SKINNER, Brett J..
Vancouver : Fraser Institute, 2005, 37 p.

http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/admin/books/files/Seniors... (28-06-2006)
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Mots-clés principaux
:
Personne âgée
Canada
États-Unis
Médicament
Coûts
Médicament générique
Consommation de médicaments


Résumé :

This study looks at those drugs that are most important to consumers 65 years of age and over and finds that seniors also pay higher prices for generic drugs and lower prices for brand-name drugs in Canada than they do in the United States. In fact, the data show that Canadian seniors pay 64% more on average than Americans for generic versions of drugs that are among the most recommended by physicians for patients 65 years and older. Meanwhile, the prices for brand-name drugs most recommended for seniors are 36% lower on average in Canada than in the United States.Because average Canadian incomes are lower than US incomes, it is not surprising that Canadian seniors pay less for branded drugs than Americans. However, higher generic drug prices are very surprising and indicate that Canadian seniors are paying too much for generic drugs. The lack of a competitive market for pharmaceuticals in Canada is the cause of inflated prices for generic drugs north of the border. As documented and explained in previous research, Canadian government policies have given special advantages to generic companies that have allowed them to establish individual product monopolies on retail pharmacy shelves through exclusive distribution agreements. This study confirms that the inflation of prices for generic drugs discovered by previous research applies just as much to seniors as it does to the rest of the consumer population in Canada.

Langue : Anglais
Doc n° : 19198 ISBN / ISSN : 17146739
NumRec : 1919803
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