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Premier Mia Amor Mottley (third from right) breaks ground on the $12 million urgent care facility to be built at Bayview Hospital, St Michael. Applauding the moment (from left) is Health Minister Ian Gooding-Edghill; Prime Minister to the Prime Minister, Dr William Duguid; Minister of Foreign Affairs The Right Honorable Jerome Walcott; People’s Empowerment Minister Kirk Humphrey; Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of People’s Empowerment, Corey Lane; and Bayview Hospital Administrator Jules Reid – GP

Pharmaceutical distributors and retailers are warned that unless they voluntarily develop systems to drive down drug prices, the government may impose price controls.

This position was made clear by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who said access to health care and medicine should not be available only to those who can afford it.

Mottley, who was delivering remarks yesterday at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new urgent care facility at Bayview Hospital, explained that some of the markups on pharmaceutical supplies and services were prohibitive.

She urged medical suppliers to follow the recent lead of food retailers and distributors, who took the decision to cap profits between 12 and 15 percent on 44 items, to help stem the rising cost of living.

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