CHF, ACOSS and CHOICE say, ‘Stand up for cheaper medicines!’
CHOICE, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) have launched a major campaign, calling on consumers, Government and members of a future Government to ‘Stand up for Cheaper Medicines’ by supporting the current price disclosure policy that sees savings on medicine price reductions passed on to consumers and taxpayers – rather than to pharmacy owners.
Australian families are now being forced to pay some of the highest prices in the world for medicines – up to ten times the British price for the same prescription medicine.
CHOICE is also warning consumers not to support a petition currently in some pharmacies across Australia, which aims to try and get political parties to back away from price disclosure - a procedure which enables the Government to lower prices in line with the world market.
The three organisations say the policy of price disclosure is critical because Australians are continuing to pay inflated prices for marked-up medicines, and are calling on consumers and all political parties to support the current price disclosure policy.
Learn more and ask your local politicians to stand up for cheaper medicines. You can also find more information in our media release [PDF].