Friday, March 09, 2007

B.C. pays pharmacists to save lives by not dispensing

I'm glad that I can follow that negative pharmacist story out of British Columbia with a positive one from that same province. This program is a really innovative idea and it would be great if other provinces adopted a similar plan.

From the Vancouver Sun:
Last year in British Columbia, thousands of people were saved from harm or even death because pharmacists refused to fill their prescriptions.

Sometimes they prevented a dangerous drug interaction; sometimes they prevented fraud or fixed a doctor's mistake.

The provincial government paid nearly $700,000 to pharmacists last year for not filling prescriptions the health professionals believed might endanger the health of patients.

The unique and increasingly popular, yet low-profile, B.C. program gives a "professional intervention fee" to pharmacists that amounts to twice the normal dispensing fee. ...more

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