BARP; pharmacists concerned about planned crackdown on medicines

Two local associations have spoken out against plans by Government to enforce the law that requires Value Added Tax to be charged on zero-rated medicines.

President of the Pharmaceutical Society Paul Gibson suggested today the best solution would be to amend the law to create a win-win for patients and the state-owned Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) after a meeting last week with BRA failed to resolve the issue.

“The conversation continues. Their position is that VAT is to be paid based on the law. Our position was that additional VAT is not to be charged on zero-rated items on prescription. The reality is that we have not been charging VAT to patients on zero-rated items,” Gibson said.

“The law however said we should . . . , so we are really looking at the two pieces of legislation . . . having conversations about it to see how we can come to a win-win where Barbadians don’t feel additional pain because of law,” he added.

While expressing deep concern about the possibility of BRA enforcing the law, President of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) Ed Bushell agreed that the best way out was to change the law.

“We started to investigate and what we found that this law was always there . . . but . . .  they never applied it. But now the BRA obviously looking for every penny and said that this should be applied,” Bushell said, while expressing fears that poor people will suffer.

The BARP head said he would be meeting with his members to discuss the issue.

8 Responses to BARP; pharmacists concerned about planned crackdown on medicines

  1. jus me March 15, 2017 at 12:16 am

    The LAW was made by Man.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

    This government wants to kill out the old people .so that they will not have to pay out much pension. Every corner this minister of finance looking to tax people. He is desperate, that is why he trying all kinds of things. Now is to late.The more you tax, more seat you is going to lose next election.

    • jennifer March 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      @ANGUS b. I believe on the contrary. Those medicines were made by white people for white people. Those medicines are what is actually killing out the people. They experiment on white lab rats too for drug efficacy, potency etc. Calcifying the pineal and damaging every organ with the side effects. The drug for pressure mashing up the heart, kidney , etc.

  3. hcalndre March 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Well the DLP said at the budget speech that they are a caring government and they now brought the (t)ax down on the poor and elderly and most vulnerable people of barbados, it reminds me of how butchers love pigs.

    • jennifer March 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      You got it wrong hun. Them ain’t dey for no poor. Only The ones on the vine running free. And the animals getting away and doing the butchering instead.

  4. jrsmith March 15, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    What us bajans would want to see is the ( 2016 ) (Audit report) for the (Q E H) ………..

  5. Tony March 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    They ie (DLP) run out of ides for new taxes so are turning up every rock to enforce old ones. Let them taX but but remember I (we) have the final X

  6. jennifer March 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Someone put the mangoose in the chicken’s pen.


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