We did it! It sometimes does pay to raise hell, rant and rave … and most of all … expose consumer rip-offs that are simply wrong.
CTV at 6 reported Tuesday night many of Canada’s pharmacies have again begun issuing three-month renewals of most prescription drugs.
Several weeks ago, saying they wanted to protect Canada from hoarding and shortages, many pharmacists started limiting prescription renewals to only 30 days’ supply.
I called it “bullsh*t” … just a ripoff by pharmacists forcing consumers to pay three-times the previous dispensing costs for a 90-day supply for EACH drug.
Here’s my blog on the topic … on April 5: http://harveyoberfeld.ca/blog/canadian-pharmacists-triple-fee-scam-will-add-to-covid-19-infections-and-deaths/
That fee … $10 to $12 or more for each and every prescription …. added up substantially for many … especially seniors or those with chronic illnesses forced to take seven, eight or even more drugs regularly.
And what particularly outraged me was that the monthly fees weren’t just being applied to drugs legitimately in short supply … but to every prescription, even those generics in plentiful supply.
Yet, despite all their lip service about how much they value seniors, neither Prime Minister Trudeau nor Premier John Horgan (Or any other premier I’m aware of) did anything to stop the ripoff!
At least … not in public.
But perhaps the politicians felt the heat from Canadians coast to coast; perhaps the pharmacists did; perhaps they both saw the injustice that had been inflicted on Canadians … or, my favorite, perhaps they read this blog … and the dozens of comments that condemned them all.
Whatever the reason, many pharmacists … including several from the very large chains … have now backed off!
You can now refill your prescriptions again for up to 90 days … for a SINGLE dispensing fee each.
And if yours still will not …remember, all it takes to move your prescriptions to another pharmacy (even in mid-stream of the doctor’s order being fulfilled) is a simple phone call from your new pharmacy. It’s a call they will no doubt be very happy to make! 🙂
So check, shop around … and move your business away from any pharmacy that wants to continue ripping you off.
You’ll feel better for it … not just financially, but probably psychologically and thus maybe even medically too!