You can still collect reward points for pharmacy purchases.
A judge has ruled that the regulator of Alberta’s pharmacists does not have the legal power to impose a ban on consumer loyalty programs.
The Queen’s Bench justice says there’s no evidence of possible harm to you or consumers, adding that a ban would do nothing to protect consumers from incompetent or unethical pharmacsists.
The Alberta College of Pharmacists wanted to impose this ban in 2014, but a wrench was thrown in the plan when Sobey’s challenged it in court.
The College offered this when we requested an interview “the concern of the Council of the Alberta College of Pharmacists with respect to inducements being offered conditionally on the purchase of drugs and/or professional services, that lead to amendments in our Standards and Code of Ethics, has not changed. Therefore, our college is reviewing the decision from the Court of Queen’s Bench; and evaluating our right to appeal.” (bw)