The Ontario Government presented its budget for 2010. As part of the Plan for Prosperity, the Government announced that it would be introducing changes to the statutes governing Ontario’s drug system, to facilitate lower generic drug prices. The Government stated its position that Ontarians pay more for generic drugs than other countries.
Bill 16, Creating the Foundation for Jobs and Growth Act, 2010 has passed first reading. The Act will amend, inter alia, the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act (Schedule 5) and the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (Schedule 22), with the stated purpose of altering the definition of “rebate” to no longer exclude professional allowances. The ability of the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make regulations in this regard is also amended to conform with the new definition.