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NBPA Statement on Professional Fees
Friday, April 17, 2020

Since the State of Emergency began, the New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association (NBPA) has been working collaboratively with representatives from the Department of Health to support pharmacy professionals as they continue to provide vital health care services during the COVID pandemic, at risk to themselves and their families.

In an effort to secure the stability of drug supply, The New Brunswick College of Pharmacists implemented a temporary measure directing all pharmacists to limit the supply of medications to 30 days for all patients.

We recognize this temporary directive means some patients are paying more dispensing fees and/or copay, and we sympathize with those patients. We are also very concerned about our pharmacists on the frontline who are bearing the brunt of the public’s frustration on this issue.  

During the government’s daily COVID public update on April 16th, pharmacists were encouraged, not directed, to waive the extra copays for private third-party plans and professional fees for cash-paying clients.

Pharmacies rely on professional fees to sustain their operations including paying pharmacy staff salary. Pharmacists and their staff must be paid for the work they perform so they can continue to provide service to the citizens of New Brunswick.

The NBPA is actively working with the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists and Department of Health to find a resolution to address the financial concerns of all parties.

Janet MacDonnell
Interim Executive Director
NB Pharmacists' Association