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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Today the New Brunswick government announced:

“Effective immediately, and for the duration of the emergency, patients with drug coverage under New Brunswick’s public drug plans will only be responsible for the initial co-payment on a prescription fill or refill. For example, a patient with a 90-day prescription will only have a co-payment for the first 30-day fill. There will be no co-payment required for the second and third 30-day fills on the same 90-day prescription. This applies to all New Brunswickers that are on the public drug plan, including many seniors and low-income individuals”

This is fabulous news. New Brunswick pharmacists have an open line of communication with government officials during this crisis. We thank them for addressing this matter.

In the last few weeks, pharmacists have seen a tremendous surge in demand for medical supplies and medications, and it has become critical that pharmacies manage their inventories to protect against stockpiling and inventory shortage during the COVID-19 crisis. This is a temporary but necessary measure. By appropriately managing supply, we are reducing the risk that a patient will not be able to find the medication they need today and into the future.

We are all in this together. We ask for the understanding and patience of New Brunswickers as pharmacists try to navigate the increasing uncertainties that they are facing.

Janet MacDonnell
Interim Executive Director
New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association