Feedback for Proposed Changes to the DPRA regulations

Pharmacist  ·  May 7, 2015

With an overall of the DPRA I feel that it is essential to reconsider what intention of section 18 under part VI (proprietary misconduct), should be. This section lists proprietary misconduct as "Entering into any agreement that restricts a person’s choice of a pharmacy or pharmacist without the consent of that person." In my practice I have seen patients restricted by preferred provider networks by virtue of having to pay substantially more to have their medication filled at a pharmacy of their choice, versus what their plan mandates. From my knowledge of the current pharmacy landscape in the USA, PPNs are a slipperly slope, with increasing restrictions forcing patients to rely on mail-in-pharmacies to meet their medication needs. If our profession is serious about advancing patient care and continuing the expansion of pharmacist services, we should strongly consider the shocking direction these indirect restrictions are sending our profession.

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