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Canada's NDP leader, party's health critic demand action to have affordable medication

Last Updated Feb 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm PST

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP Health Critic Don Davies will continue to outline the party's plan to make medication more affordable for Canadians. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his party’s Health Critic Don Davies continued to outline how the NDP plans to make medication cheaper for Canadians.

The pair spoke in Burnaby Wednesday morning. Singh called on Trudeau’s government to take immediate action to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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“While big pharmaceutical companies have record profits, a growing number of Canadian families are facing tough choices when it comes to their medications,” Singh said in a release. “Canadians deserve a government that is on their side, a government that is willing to stand up to pharmaceutical companies and put forward solutions to reduce the cost of medication right now.”

Davies accused the Trudeau government of “actively working to protect the profits of big pharmaceutical companies.” He said the NDP is not afraid to take on big corporations to make medication more affordable.

“These changes to the way we price drugs in Canada would have an immediate impact and help millions of Canadians,” Davies added.

Singh is demanding the Liberal government force drug companies to disclose confidential price rebates offered to the public and private drug coverage payers.

A 2017 study from UBC found that one in 12 Canadians 55 years and older have decided not to take drugs prescribed by their doctor based on cost.