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Lets fight for our reward points at alberta pharmacies



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  1. The key is to get the right prescription. The points such as they are just a perk. Redeeming points most of the time is a waste…to get anything you have to keep collecting as they change redemption amounts ALL the time.

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    • TLN says:

      For those who think points collecting is a scam … you really need to talk to my sister…. who currently is on a year long round the world trip with her family of 5… 2 teens a preteen boy and her husband…. they have allocated 50,000 to do this trip… this includes flights .. hotels.. food… train.. bus… boat… you name it….. they drove from Ottawa to Boston for $1.19 plus gas .. then all 5 flew Japenese air… 2 of them 1st class for less then it costs to fly to Toronto from Edmonton for 1… and thats all 5 of them….. believe it or not … she hacks the point system meaning stacking points… buying gift cards and redemming them herself for items she needs anyway……………………………..bottom line if you know what your doing with the points you can make it work….PS i might add that they do not get points for their perscriptions in Ont

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  2. Tricia Lyn Tricia Lyn says:

    In the eyes of the government, the only people who should be making any kind of profit off prescriptions are the pharmaceutical companies.

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    • ACP isn’t government.
      This was an attempt to prevent patients from shopping around and to allow continuity of care at one pharmacy

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      Bah. There’s a registry with all your meds on it! Dates, everything. Don’t even.

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    • Tricia Lyn Tricia Lyn says:

      ACP supports the pharmaceutical companies so either way, what is the big deal if people do go from pharmacy to pharmacy? People will do it regardless due to different dispencery costs, maybe just convenience cause they’re in the area, or maybe Shopper’s Drug Mart has better deals that week than London Drugs (for other items). I prefer going to the same pharmacy but maybe others don’t. I don’t think “points” should be that big of a concern.

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    • The pharmacy is well aware of your history lol since everything you take will be listed since it’s Canada wide. People jump from pharmacy to pharmacy for many reasons and point cards isn’t the main reason.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      If ppl jump from pharmacy to pharmacy, that means the new pharmacist isnt fully aware of your situation. They dont know what other meds you are on to see if they’re will be any interactions. Now they could go in to netcare but they require signed auth from you to do so each time so it becomes an inconvenience for both sides. Points was a little bonus ppl used to remain at same pharmacy.

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  3. After hearing this I will no longer stand in 30 minute lineups at Safeway. Not worth it! I’ll go where it’s easier, faster and closer to me.

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  4. I use my Airmiles and Optimum Cards all the time. If you don’t get enough point you haven’t learned how to use them properly. I flew to NL on points last summer and had a rental car so don’t tell me Airmiles don’t add up and fast! SDM will lose a lot of customers over this as their customer service is horrible since the take over by Superstore. Points kept loyalty customers around!

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  5. Mari Scott Mari Scott says:

    How could using point cards interfere with health care? This is so stupid and we, as Canadians, should change this rule. I’ve never heard something so stupid!

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  6. I use my points but do not consider “my points” when selecting my pharmacy

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  7. Yes points are great but they don’t balance out the cost of the prescription by buying said prescription at a place that is more expensive. The argument that points allow someone to buy things they couldn’t afford otherwise is a little silly when they could move pharmacy and pay less for the prescription up front. I will continue to shop around based on price not reward system, at least until I get some prescription coverage.

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    • Kate Ward Kate Ward says:

      And yet this was one of the reasons that they stated to stop the point program, People moving pharmacists all the time.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      It is not silly, if I didnt have airmiles from my hundreds I spend on meds monthly, I wouldn’t have been able to afford attending my uncles funeral in manitoba this summer. And i know so many ppl that offset the price of their meds with points to buy groceries. Sure we can bounce around from place to place to save a few bucks cuz thats all it is or we can collect points until we really need them.

      You also just proved ACP is wrong. They think pharmacy jumpers are for points when it us really about price.

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    • Erica Wilson Erica Wilson says:

      Exactly – the average return on any points/rewards system is about 1-2% so if you’re paying more than that difference it’s not worth it. It feels like you’re getting a big bonus or prize at the end but if you added up the extra amount you spent you could have paid for the item/trip etc.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      I am pretty sure I am paying lower than some places so it def benefits me. One day, I forgot fill my prescription so I hit a pharmacy on way out of town and it was $4 more than what i would normally pay. So i think for some, it combination with getting the miles through out the store as well, accumulates & helps them when they need it most.

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    • Maybe, Ashley, people could be allowed to decide for themselves instead of a pack full of busybodies thinking they know what’s best for everyone.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      Donna Bryan Hallgren exactly. To each their own. What works for some may not work for others.

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  8. Yes points are great but they don’t balance out the cost of the prescription by buying said prescription at a place that is more expensive. The argument that points allow someone to buy things they couldn’t afford otherwise is a little silly when they could move pharmacy and pay less for the prescription up front. I will continue to shop around based on price not reward system, at least until I get some prescription coverage.

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    • Kate Ward Kate Ward says:

      And yet this was one of the reasons that they stated to stop the point program, People moving pharmacists all the time.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      It is not silly, if I didnt have airmiles from my hundreds I spend on meds monthly, I wouldn’t have been able to afford attending my uncles funeral in manitoba this summer. And i know so many ppl that offset the price of their meds with points to buy groceries. Sure we can bounce around from place to place to save a few bucks cuz thats all it is or we can collect points until we really need them.

      You also just proved ACP is wrong. They think pharmacy jumpers are for points when it us really about price.

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    • Erica Wilson Erica Wilson says:

      Exactly – the average return on any points/rewards system is about 1-2% so if you’re paying more than that difference it’s not worth it. It feels like you’re getting a big bonus or prize at the end but if you added up the extra amount you spent you could have paid for the item/trip etc.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      I am pretty sure I am paying lower than some places so it def benefits me. One day, I forgot fill my prescription so I hit a pharmacy on way out of town and it was $4 more than what i would normally pay. So i think for some, it combination with getting the miles through out the store as well, accumulates & helps them when they need it most.

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    • Maybe, Ashley, people could be allowed to decide for themselves instead of a pack full of busybodies thinking they know what’s best for everyone.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      Donna Bryan Hallgren exactly. To each their own. What works for some may not work for others.

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    • Donna Bryan Hallgren Absolutely they can decide for themselves. I still feel its silly to think that low income people need reward points over dollars saved but hey thats just me.

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    • AW Smith If you can get lower prices and reward points then kudos to you. I have just found that the places that give out rewards have higher costs for my prescriptions so for me the cost doesnt outweigh the benefit.

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    • Donna Bryan Hallgren And im not a busybody for giving my opinion. I dont care what people do with their money or points I just think the argument for keeping points for prescriptions isnt entirely valid.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      Ashley Labelle Youre allowed to have your opinion but you cant really say it is silly or not because you’re not in their shoes.

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    • AW Smith I didnt say the people were silly I said the argument was silly. The ones that are the most upset about this change are the ones that enjoy getting a kick back for having to buy prescriptions, its not the ones that have to decide each month if they can afford to buy their prescriptions. If the AAP thinks stopping rewards is going to stop people from jumping pharmacists well they will be in for a surprise. But honestly I think its just an excuse for getting rid of the points programs.

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      As someone who can’t always afford my prescriptions….DON’T SPEAK FOR ME EVER AGAIN.
      My Superstore points added up to food in my fridge. That’s a basic necessity, with already low prescription costs compared to small pharmacies. I won’t be moving pharmacies, I will now just have LESS GROCERIES throughout the year.
      All so some pharmacies don’t have to become competitive.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      Ashley Labelle i know you didn’t say ppl were silly cuz neither did. I said “it” meaning argument. And U R right , there is going to be more pharmacy jumping than ever before I think

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Wow talk about over reacting. I also cant always afford my prescriptions and dont take them as recommended because I cant afford to buy them every month. I love how you jump all over me as though I am just talking out of my ass and not actually experiencing what I am talking about.

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  9. I had actually emailed ACP to let them know what I think about this and the response was a joke. I used my airmiles to help save on my husbands diabetic medication. As it is fairly expensive. But they do not care about what the consumers want. Only about what the ACP wants.

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  10. I had actually emailed ACP to let them know what I think about this and the response was a joke. I used my airmiles to help save on my husbands diabetic medication. As it is fairly expensive. But they do not care about what the consumers want. Only about what the ACP wants.

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  11. Marion Clark Marion Clark says:

    I choose my pharmacy based on how high the dispensing fees are and the cost of the drug. Perhaps they shouldn’t charge so much!

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  12. Marion Clark Marion Clark says:

    I choose my pharmacy based on how high the dispensing fees are and the cost of the drug. Perhaps they shouldn’t charge so much!

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  13. What bullshit. I go to Shoppers if it’s convenient. Otherwise I go elsewhere with no points. Sounds like someone’s butthurt over the volume of their business.

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  14. What bullshit. I go to Shoppers if it’s convenient. Otherwise I go elsewhere with no points. Sounds like someone’s butthurt over the volume of their business.

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  15. Debbie Ryder Debbie Ryder says:

    Swap to supstiore points – I have not paid for groceries in 2 months

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  16. Barb ketchum says:

    I really agree that no that their is no incentive with the points people will leave certain pharmacies because they can get their medication cheaper somewhere else. As far as I’m concerned Safeways dispensary fees are a lot more then other places so why stay there if you can go elsewhere and get cheaper meds and dispensary fees! I think the pharmacies that offered incentives are going to see a decrease in business but that’s just my opinion! I know for fact that every single year for the last 4 or 5 years my nephew and his family ( a total of 5) have gone on beautiful family vacations all with airlines and not just within Canada, they have gone to Florida, California, Mexico, Las Vegas, and this year they have a trip planned to Hawaii in November for the whole family, and a trip to Scotland in the spring for the two of them! I have another friend that used her airmiles to go to Hawaii earlier this year and I have used mine in the past to go to Vegas. So yes it is a huge benefit to have pharmacies have incentives. I am now in a tighter financial situation and use my Air miles and PC points help me with groceries and gas to get my kids and myself to and from medical appointments and school so yes I will sign the petition. I really don’t see why the college of pharmacies has to get involved in this anyway!

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  18. How does it interfere if health care doesn’t cover prescription costs?

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      They claim it interferes with the quality of care we receive. That everyone is too point focused over patient focused.

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    • AW Smith AW Smith says:

      Brenda Boulette holding off for what? There is no such thing as 2x’s the points or anything like that anymore. What ACP did say is they felt ppl pharmacy jump for new incentives. I think it is the other way around. Ppl have remained at one pharmacy but will now jump around based on price and convenience.

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  19. Sue Dubya Sue Dubya says:

    I haven’t changed pharmacies in more than 20 years. I got prescriptions at the pharmacy LONG before they brought in the rewards program! How could they possibly say this interfered with my care?! And just how many prescriptions do you get written that you would move from pharmacy to pharmacy to get extra points? If that’s the case, maybe the doctors writing the prescriptions should be looked into?

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  20. Sue Dubya Sue Dubya says:

    I haven’t changed pharmacies in more than 20 years. I got prescriptions at the pharmacy LONG before they brought in the rewards program! How could they possibly say this interfered with my care?! And just how many prescriptions do you get written that you would move from pharmacy to pharmacy to get extra points? If that’s the case, maybe the doctors writing the prescriptions should be looked into?

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    • Katie Gabler Katie Gabler says:

      I used the same.pharmacy growing up, when i moved I went to the rexall close to my house. The worst customer service ever. I now drive the 20ish minutes back to my childhood pharmacy.

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  21. Tanya Nash Tanya Nash says:

    I get medication through Safeway and the points I get fly me to NB twice a year. With this I obviously will have to pay. I’m actually looking into get my medication in a different province where the still give air miles.

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  22. I will be that move to pharmacy to pharmacy … gal…. now cheaper is better … and less gas…… so My care will go down hill no more follows with a pharmacy that cared for its clientele

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  23. Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

    This had zero to do with patient care, everything to do with pharmacies that were not willing to offer competitive pricing or bonus points.

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  24. Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

    What a joke that of all the industries getting upset over the suggestion that the needs of the population are being interfered with by incentives, considering that Big Pharma employs devious tactics to interfere with our rights to have access to affordable drugs! Only 5% of drugs actually heal the body, the rest just treat symptoms with the real potential for devastating side effects but who cares right? As long as we “feel better” instead of “getting better”, that’s what matters the most. P.S. Health Canada is owned and run by Big Pharma so all you sheeple who think otherwise, time to wake up!!

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  25. Phil Kurney Phil Kurney says:

    So what they are implying is that pharmacies that offer rewards programs are inferior.

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  26. I think it’s Dumb, myself my pharmacy does not have points, I deal there anyway , use my MC card, get either way, to punish people is ridiculous..

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  27. This happened a few years back. It is the most ridiculous ban ever. Let’s out our money to better use than a debate and decision making on things like this that only HELP pharmacies keep
    People coming back. My meds cost a lot every 8 weeks and I have been going to the same place for mine since I started them which is ten years. This is really really ridiculous

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  28. I’m surprised it took so long for this to come up here… They banned points on Rx in NL over a decade ago before I moved here

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  29. Julia Bryce Julia Bryce says:

    I don’t get many prescriptions over the course of a year, but I know others whom do get a fair number each month due to chronic illness, etc. most would bus or cab to shoppers to get the optimum points and they would use those points in store at Christmas to get things. I think a few of these people will now go to the nearest pharmacy to their home that offers free delivery (and there are quite a few of those around…could see there being even more now).

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  30. what are they even bitching for, it’s all computerized. How hard can it be to find someones health file? Start paying them in pigs and chickens, see how fast they reverse their decision lol

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  31. Judy Brown Judy Brown says:

    How stupid is this ban. I have gotten mine at Safeway for years, that is where I shop. I am so tired of this foolishness . How does using my air miles card interfere with my healthcare. I can walk to Safeway because it is close, so I will not be looking for a cheaper place to get my drugs. By the time I pay for a cab it will be just as expensive any where else.

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  32. Bullshit I live my points nice to get something for my money

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  33. I can feel a boycott coming on. Shop elsewhere.

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  34. It’s the government regulating it not pharmacists

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  35. The pharmacies are businesses not social services. They have the right to extend or deny rewards cards for their business just as you have the right to shop where you want. Rewards cards aren’t a right. Why waste your energy on this and focus it on rights and real injustice.

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  36. Laura Hunt Laura Hunt says:

    They give you points but charge high dispensing fees…

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  37. These programs are crap anyway. I use my Air Miles card all the time and get very little in return ever. Maybe $10 every 3 months or something? Not really worth it in my opinion.

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