Drug reform dispute in Ontario affects pharmacy students' internships

May 3, 2010

Students at the University of Waterloo's pharmacy school are worried they will not get the chance to practice their profession due to a battle between the Ontario government and provincial pharmacies. The province plans to bar pharmacies from accepting $750 million a year in professional allowances from generic drug companies, money the pharmacies say they use to provide extra services. Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall recently announced they would be cancelling hundreds of supervised work terms and internships across Ontario. The pharmacy school's director says 3 co-op terms have already been cancelled, and the impact is unclear for students looking for spots in the fall. Waterloo Region Record