Prescription Transfer Incentives Eliminated

How many patients do you know that regularly transfer prescriptions between stores to take advantage of gift cards or other incentives offered by the pharmacy?  For over 25 years, patients have been maximizing their benefit of these offers by transferring prescriptions between pharmacies.  The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has created a rule to eliminate these offers and is now in effect as of March 2017.

This rule will help to avoid polypharmacy and offer more opportunities for pharmacists to fully screen the patient’s entire drug therapy regimen for potential issues.  Transfers between pharmacies can still occur as usual, there is just no up-front inducement permitted.  The rule does not mention incentives for new prescriptions.  What do you think of this rule in Tennessee?  Will you advocate for this rule in your state?

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