Returning to Pharmacy Loyalty Programs
The Oregon Board of Pharmacy is again in the news. This time where to buy canada goose fabric cheap . the Board has introduced fines (and possibly the revocation of a pharmacy licence) for pharmacies who provide incentive programs to patients for transferring their prescription files. In addition to the increased busywork for pharmacy staff Gary Schabel canada goose fabric cheap . executive director for the Board. outlines the potential harms to patients.
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The story got me thinking about the state of inducement and loyalty programs in Canada. The Ontario position is that loyalty programs of any kind may not be offered in connection with prescription sales whatsoever canada goose fabric cheap . PEI has adopted a position which parrots the same. So far as I can tell canada goose fabric cheap online . British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador’s polices are the same. Alberta cheap canada goose parka outlets ontario , canada goose dames verkooppunten outlet
. on the other hand. does allow pharmacies to award loyalty points in connection with prescription sales.
It’s important differentiate between inducement programs. which attempt to make patients switch pharmacies in the interests; and loyalty programs. which seek to reward patients for staying at the same pharmacy for a longer period of time cheap canada goose trillium xxs . It appears that none of the provinces make this distinction. Certainly the problem in Oregon demonstrates the need to restrict any practice which may compromise patient care. Continually transferring prescription profiles solely for the purpose of a financial or non-health related gain while increasing the risk that a medication-related error will occur ought to be discouraged.
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. A report for the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists argues that loyalty points encourage patients not to transfer — a behaviour which ought to be encouraged as it could improve patient outcomes (not just by reducing the risk from transferring profiles, canada goose expedition pbi xs outlet
. but through other services such as monitoring adherence and the development of a trusting relationship with a single pharmacist). And oddly. the colleges have not restricted the award of points on OTC products canada goose tilbud kvinder online store . which seems inconsistent. Especially in the case of OTC codeine products. it would appear that programs which award points that can be cashed in for further purchases creates a positive feedback circle which potentiates itself for those individuals who choose to abuse these types of habit-forming products. These inconsistencies in how this policy protects the public from the practices of the profession makes me think it’s time to revisit this policy again canada goose banff parka black sale cheap .
Clearly the regulatory bodies are all headed in the same direction of restricting these programs Cheap Canada Goose Mystique Parka Graphite cheap . but I continue to question whether we are missing an opportunity to use self-regulating bodies to try to achieve greater public outcomes. Part of the problem is certainly the traditional approach of how loyalty program are implemented. On its face. a loyalty program encourages patients to remain with the same p canada goose bomber jacket red online store . canada goose fabric cheap