How to pay for your prescription drug at a pharmacy
The pharmacy chain Martins Pharmacy has introduced a new drug delivery service called Pharmakill.
The new service lets people pay for prescriptions online with a credit card.
Pharmakills chief executive and founder Dr. Eric Koehler says the service is part of an effort to expand the pharmacy’s business.
“We have an aggressive marketing plan that’s going to help us grow our business, and it’s going do that through direct payment and direct deposit of the medicines to our customers,” said Koehl, adding that the service allows people to pay in cash for prescription drugs at pharmacies.
“The pharmacy is getting better, and we want to continue to improve our service and our products,” he said.
Pharmacare.ca, which has been helping people pay in the past, says people can now make a payment of up to $50 per order using a credit or debit card.
Koechler said Martins pharmacy has been offering the service since late 2016.
He says the company has been in talks with pharmacy benefit managers to expand it.
“They want to offer the option, they want to make it easier to get in touch with people to let them know that this is a service they want,” said Kamran Khan, president and CEO of Pharmacares.ca.
“People who have had their prescriptions delivered in the last couple of years, they’re just starting to see that this service is working, and they want more of it.”
Koecho has also introduced a second service, Pharmakillary, which is similar to Pharmakiller but allows people who want to pay by debit to pay online.
Kamran said that pharmacy benefit manager companies will also be able to offer this service to the pharmacy.
“It’s an option to get access to a pharmacy, but also get the option to make payments,” said Khan.
Koeshler said the service will be available to both pharmacy benefit management and other health care providers, and will allow people to order online.
“These are the people who have been waiting for the service, so I hope that they will take advantage of it,” said Singh.
“This is really going to bring more choice for the people.”
Pharmakilling is still a niche business, with many small pharmacies that have limited space to work with, said Kamrains pharmacy benefit director of communications, Sarah Wilson.
“I think that’s where a lot of the growth has been, but I don’t think that this really addresses the growth of the market,” said Wilson.
But for small pharmacy benefit groups like Pharmacarenas, which are facing rising costs of administering their prescriptions, the idea of a more convenient option for people is exciting.
“Our goal is to be the number one pharmacy benefit in Canada,” said Dr. Kyehl.
“So we’re not going to sit back and wait for people to come up with a solution to this.”