Letter to the Editor – John Milnes – Pharmacies vs Dalton McGuinty – Cornwall Ontario – May 3, 2010

Letter to the Editor – John Milnes – Pharmacies vs Dalton McGuinty – Cornwall Ontario – May 3, 2010

Dear Sir:

Recently Barry Millet of Summerstown wrote somewhat scathingly that Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, has it all wrong with regard to the pharmacist situation.   Mr. Millett, in my opinion, has it all wrong.  The pharmacies are to be denied $750 million in professional allowances they receive from generic drug makers.  This is good news not bad news because the public should NOT be subsidizing poor businesses. Such pharmacies, needing to be propped up by another company that can then expect loyalty from the pharmacist for their product, should not be trusted.  In the real world this is known as having a vested interest in the outcome of business.

If a pharmacist cannot manage a business without being subsidized then he/she deserves to be closed down. Should the poorly managed pharmacists be forced to close down then we, the public, can spend some of the savings from reduced generic drug costs travelling to a more business-like pharmacy.  The generic drug manufacturer has already taken a product, that has been produced at huge cost by a legitimate research drug company, and then exploited the product.

No-one gives newspapers hand-outs or local farmers, restaurants, hairdressers and the like so why should the pharmacies expect them?  Businesses are expected to run on sound principals and a pharmacy that is run along sound business lines is apt to be more able to advise and counsel than the pharmacy run on shoestring practices. If Mr. Millett is so imbued with his feeling the poorly managed pharmacist needs help he can always volunteer his time, free of cost, but, for gosh sakes, get off ‘the strike at McGuinty’ bandwagon.  Premier McGuinty is not always right but then who can claim to be?  End of discussion.

John E. Milnes, South Stormont.

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A Basic Lesson in Economics; Dear Mr Milnes from South Stormont: If your employer paid you $6.47 an hour in 1986 told you that he was going to be paying you $7.00 an hour in 2010, would you still be working for him today? I am a pharmacist in Ontario and I “work” for the Ministry of Health (the ministry). The industry has been chronically underfunded by the Ministry . In 1996, The ministry recognized the need for additional funding and deregulated the industry. The chronic underfunding by the Ministry necessitated we go to the marketplace for additional funds. The… Read more »


Mr. Bachand there are a lot of numbers floating around, and none of us will see balance sheets for the various operations. With that said, does Loblaws not take a loss on one item, say milk, to get people into the store to buy other products, of which a profit is seen? The underfunding is because the whole system is broken and taxpayers are at a point of tax saturation. A home owner would hold off buying a new car or shoes, but the governement just keeps spending. This has to stop, they have enough money, it just is not… Read more »


Eric, the answer to your question will be after the next election here in Ontario. Nobody can be so stupid as to vote for anyone who brought us the HST (Heist Tax)