NB and Prescription Drugs

It’s not economic development, but it is interesting. A new report by the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Services and Policy Research finds that New Brunswickers spend 16% more on prescription drugs per capita than the Canadian average. In fact, we spend more than any other province on prescription drugs. PEI spends 6% less than the national average.

Now I don’t want any of you wildly imaginative bloggers to draw any conclusions here but NBers do spend by far the most on psychotherapeutic drugs such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other antidepressants as well as antipsychotic drugs, benzodiazepines, and other
psychotherapeutics.

We spend the second most per capita on gastrointestinal drugs (behind NS).

NBers spend the most per capita on oral solid antiarthritic medicines.

NBers spend the most per capita on oral solid prescription drugs for diabetes (this makes sense given our highest rate of diabetes in Canada).

Weird, huh?

You can check it out here:
http://www.chspr.ubc.ca/chspr/pdf/chspr05-34R.pdf

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0 Responses to NB and Prescription Drugs

  1. Anonymous says:

    This means one of two things, either more New Brunswickers are ill, or the government covers less of the costs of the drugs…or both.

    This goes in hand with one of the latest question periods where the liberals maintain that New Brunswick is last in approving new medications for New Brunswick. Apparantly NS is way ahead in the speed with which they approve new medications. But again, that COULD be a good or bad thing.