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Switching medicines from prescription-only to over-the-counter status can have a major impact on how people manage their own health, on the cost of healthcare, and even on the productivity of the Canadian economy.

3 MAJOR AREAS OF IMPACT

6.6 Million

fewer doctor visits

$290 Million

in reduced doctor visits

The biggest savings will be for employer and government drug plans — and for millions of individual Canadians without full coverage for these medicines

$458 Million

in reduced cost of medicines

Improvement in productivity at work and reduced absenteeism

$290 Million

in increased Labour Productivity

Looking at just three* drug categories, the potential savings amount to

$1

Billion per year

* Based on The Conference Board of Canada Report Value of Consumer Health Products. The impact of switching prescription medications to over-the-counter which focuses on 3 classes of drugs, PPIs, OCs and EDs.