01/03/2012 12:52 EST | Updated 03/04/2012 05:12 EST

New Brunswick pharmacists seek deal with the province on generic drug prices

FREDERICTON - The executive director of the New Brunswick Pharmacists Association is urging the provincial government to negotiate a generic drug pricing policy with his group.

Paul Blanchard says he's concerned that Health Minister Madeleine Dube will impose a price cap, rather than negotiate a plan that would compensate pharmacists for dispensing fees.

He says New Brunswick is the only province that does not negotiate with pharmacists for dispensing fees to administer the prescription drug program.

Blanchard says pharmacists support the provincial government's goal of lower drug prices but don't want a cap imposed on them.

Dube says her department is doing an analysis and a decision on generic drug pricing will be made by spring.

She says some of the savings for the province will be redirected to the pharmacists.