Generic Over Brand-Name or How to Make Medications Affordable for the Average Canadian

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Canada has the second highest prices for prescription medications in the world, first one being the infamous United States. Canadians are paying more and more for the same medications every year, and a lot of Canadians are struggling to afford their treatment. The two main causes for this trend are the pharmaceutical companies over-pricing their products and the tendency of physicians to prescribe brand-name medication (that often tend to be several times more expensive than the generic counterparts) over their generic versions. As a collective voice, we can effectively address the latter cause of the issue by creating awareness of the problem and encourage the Minister of Health to implement a regulating system that monitors the prices of the medications prescribed by individual physicians and ensuring that the prescriptions are written with patients' socioeconomic status in mind. The prioritization of generic medications over brand-name should be regulated and enforced by the Ministry of Health, which will significantly lower the amount of hard-earned cash us, average Canadians, have to sacrifice in order to get well.



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