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CUPE Alberta president Bruce McLeod and researcher Stan Marshall made presentations to a parliamentary committee on health care urging the federal government to allow generic drugs on the market sooner and to set up a universal pharmacare program. McLeod told the committee that part-time and occasional workers are most heavily affected because often they do not qualify for employer-supplied benefit plans. Marshall told the committee that when people cannot afford the medicine they require, they’re forced into either not filling the prescription or reducing the dosage to make the prescription last longer.