Friday, November 22, 2013

Scam city or pharmacy in Canada

I already mentioned about medical services in Canada here. Today I would like to write down about pharmacy in Canada. First I would like to mention that it differs from pharmacies in Azerbaijan or other post-Soviet Union countries. If you are free to by any medicine (except some strong analgesics and addictive drugs) in Azerbaijan, in Canada you need to have a prescription for most of medicines (except usual analgesics, sprays and etc.). And my frustration is coming from prescribed medicines. I had several times visited pharmacies here. Pharmacies are not usual drug stores that post-Soviet Union people are used to know. Pharmacies in Canada employs several pharmacists, who are extremely "busy". What they do? They do nothing to add value.

Let's cool down and be clear. I will write down step by step. First you get you prescription from your doctor and visit a pharmacist, where you leave your prescription, contact details at drop-in. After an hour you get your medicines with with fancy sticker on it and a paper with information about a medicine. Sticker has your name, doctor's name, dosage, expiry date on it. Do I need them? Not at all! Am I so stupid that, I cannot read prescription and remember what my doctor advised me? I do not believe so!  Can I get an expiry date from package of the medicine? Exactly I can! Do I need a paper printed from Internet about the medicine? Not at all! If I need more info google is more helpful!

You may ask why I am so angry to pharmacies. Because they make money on me. I am overpaying for a medicine for several times. For example, during my last visit to pharmacist I bought Nasonex spray from them for $44.20. Below is copy of the receipt:

As I used to buy this medicine in Azerbaijan, I remember that it costs not more that $20. And here in Canada you can find the same medicine online for $24. As I needed the spay as soon as possible, waiting my order to be delivered from online shop was not an option for me. So I had no choice but to buy it from the pharmacist. And a question, why it is almost twice expensive? Why I should pay twice more? Because pharmacist is making money on me! 

During my previous visit they sold me anti-biotic which cost not more that $30 for $70. They opened the medicine and mixed it with water for me. Am I an idiot? Cannot I read the instruction of the medicine and mix it myself? We used to mix our medicine our self and you do not need to be a genius to make it! In honest language it called SCAM. I understand that some old people may need help with their medicines. And let pharmacists to help them. Why I have to buy their service? WHY? I should have a choice. I should not pay for a service do not need and overpriced...


  1. Sorry but I have to strongly disagree with your post on this one. I have to say, you took this as a point of view that is only your own - which is fine, but you need to look at the value add pharmacists DO have for other patients.

    My father is a perfect example - because of his health conditions, he is on multiple prescriptions that may come from various specialists and his family physician. The pharmacist does due diligence to ensure that none of these meds will interact. They also take the time to explain the importance of timing to ensure they don't interact by taking them too closely together. Many physician's don't have the time (or aren't willing to take the time) to explain side effects, etc - this is something that my family pharmacist does for us.

    The additional information is also valuable for patients that don't have easy access to additional online resources (elderly, low income, etc). Not everyone is as tech savvy as you are.

    The last value add service that I love is the ability to get pill packs made up with the pills in pockets for each time of day and day they should be taken. I can't tell you how great this is for patients that have trouble remembering what pill and when they should be taking it (more than once my father has been caught trying to take his cholesterol meds when he should be taking just his parkinson's meds at a point in the day).

    Hope everything is well with you, other than this upsetting you so much!

    1. Thanks for your comment! I strongly agree with you. My point is if I do not want to this service, why I should pay for it? I should have freedom to choose. But now I must pay twice high price. If someone needs additional service (like your father) he/she may opt-in this service. By the way last couple times a pharmacist even did not try to explain me anything. So, what is a difference from scam? She just makes money by adding water to my anti-biotic....