The Department of Health has finalized an agreement, in the form of a memorandum of understanding, with the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association. From left: Health Minister Hugh Flemming and New Brunswick Pharmacists Association president Alistair Bursey.
The Department of Health has finalized an agreement, in the form of a memorandum of understanding, with the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association.
“I thank the association for their collaboration in finalizing this agreement,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “In addition to being medication experts, our pharmacists are valuable partners in improving the health of New Brunswickers and I thank them for their efforts.”
As part of the agreement, dispensing fees have been increased from $10.50 to $11 per prescription under the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program. In addition, the NB PharmaCheck program, a medication review program, will be extended to Social Development clients who are covered under the prescription drug program.
“The government has followed through on its commitment to establish a framework agreement that provides pharmacies with some much needed predictability after several years of sudden and steep changes that have affected our profession and our ability to serve the public,” said Alistair Bursey, president of the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association. “This one-year agreement is a positive step forward and establishes a foundation for future discussion and the development of further scope of practice opportunities that will benefit New Brunswickers.”
This is the first memorandum of understanding signed with pharmacists. The agreement is in effect until March 31, 2015.