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New Online Tool to Save British Columbians Money on their Prescription Drugs

Pacific Blue Cross today announces the launch of the Pharmacy Compass, a free online tool developed for the public. The tool helps consumers find better value for their medications by comparing the price at different pharmacy locations across B.C.

Prescription drugs represent the most significant cost of health coverage in the province. Seventeen per cent of B.C. residents do not adhere to their prescriptions due to cost, a rate nearly twice the national average of 9.6 per cent. Drug costs affect consumers with and without insurance.

"At Pacific Blue Cross, one of our primary goals is to ensure British Columbians have access to affordable health care," says Ken Martin, President and CEO of Pacific Blue Cross. "Our aim with the Pharmacy Compass is to lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs for all consumers."

To further cost savings the Pharmacy Compass also provides the generic equivalent of any brand name drug and the cost difference between them. Generic drugs listed with PharmaCare typically cost 35 per cent of brand-name drugs in B.C.

However, the organization cautions that price is only one aspect to consider when selecting a pharmacy. Consumers also need to consider the value-added services provided by a pharmacy, the convenience of the pharmacy’s location and its business hours.

The Pharmacy Compass is updated monthly. The drug prices shown are calculated based on prescription claims submitted by pharmacies to Pacific Blue Cross over the previous three months.

Read about the Pharmacy Compass in the Vancouver Sun, December 4, 2012.

The Pharmacy Compass can be accessed at:

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