“I cannot and would not turn my back on them.”
The owner of a pharmacy in the Downtown Eastside cares so much about the 800 patients he dispenses medicine to that he’s taking his fight to BC Supreme Court.
A recent audit found Alex Tam and the Eastside Pharmacy had billing discrepancies, resulting in the government pulling its PharmaCare license.
Tam has been a staple in the Downtown Eastside for 25 years and says if he has to continue his business for free, he will.
“We have exhausted all avenues, and this is the only option left.”
He says he cares too much about his patients to not put up a fight.
“We intend to stay open and look after our patients. If that means we have to provide medication for our patients out of my own pocket, we’ll do so. We feel the health of our clients is the most important concern for us. We know turning them away would result in severe consequences on their health.”
Tam says since the audit, the pharmacy has improved staff training, software, and is in compliance with PharmaCare regulations.
He says many of his patients are Downtown Eastside residents whose lives depend on getting medicine; Tam himself hand delivers some of the medicine.
He’s seeking an interim injunction in BC Supreme Court.