Integrating medication samples into the traditional community pharmacy supply chain: a feasibility study Academic Article uri icon

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  • Abstract Objective To assess the feasibility of a medication sampling program involving community pharmacists. Methods A community pharmacy dispensed samples after receiving a voucher given to patients by prescribers. Surveys explored prescribers’ and patients’ views about sampling and patients’ experiences with the program. Key findings Half of prescribers reported providing samples, yet 15 patients redeemed 18 vouchers over 1 year. Patients expressed favourable views towards sampling and pharmacist involvement, despite more than half (n = 8/15, 53%) feeling that visiting the pharmacy was less convenient. Conclusion A voucher-based medication sampling program based in a community pharmacy is a model integrating pharmacist care.


  • McCarthy, Lisa M
  • Brown, Thomas ER
  • Crown, Natalie
  • Jobanputra, Neil
  • Lui, Michelle
  • Laporte, Leigha
  • Taylor, Valerie

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  • May 4, 2018