HNS Agreement

On November 27, 2008 the Board of Directors of IPO met with the Deputy Minister of Health, Mr. Ron Sapsford regarding the new HNS agreement and other issues. We are receiving a number of communications regarding the results of our efforts with the Executive Officer. On December 9, IPO submitted proposed changes addressing the concerns of members (please find attached) to the EO of the Ontario Drug Program.

Yesterday, January 8, 2009, our lawyer received a response from the EO (please find attached), which says among other things, "In light of the high percentage of pharmacy operators in Ontario who have already executed the Agreement, I am not prepared to accept any of your proposed changes at this time. I can, however, provide assurance that the ministry intends to intrepret and apply the rights and obligations arising under the Agreement according to a standard of reasonableness."

In light of the response from the EO, we are encouraging our members to review their options. We would like to remind you that the deadline for submission is January 15, 2009.

Thank you,

Board of Directors IPO

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