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
fewer doctor visits
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
in reduced cost of medicines
Improvement in productivity at work and reduced absenteeism
in increased Labour Productivity
Looking at just three* drug categories, the potential savings amount to
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.