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Pharmasave Pharmacies First in Alberta To Participate In New e-Prescribing Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LANGLEY, BC, February 13, 2018

Two Pharmasave locations in Lethbridge are the first pharmacies in Alberta to participate in a new and innovative e-prescribing service: PrescribeIT™. This service provides more effective medication management by enabling prescribers to transmit a prescription electronically between a prescriber’s electronic medical record and a patient’s pharmacy of choice, reducing the need for the printing of paper prescriptions. Jay Johal, a Pharmacy Manager at one of the Lethbridge Pharmasaves, found PrescribeIT to be “an exciting opportunity for patient care and pharmacy management.” Johal added that, “in addition to streamlining pharmacy workflow, it will likely improve patient compliance and convenience.” Pharmacist Notasha Borlan said she is delighted with the ease at which the new e-prescribing service integrated with the pharmacy management system and workflow process. “It will increase communication effectiveness between pharmacists and physicians,” says Borlan.

Pharmasave is looking forward to an increased number of Pharmasave pharmacies adopting e-prescribing. “We’re thrilled that Pharmasave is embracing PrescribeIT and we look forward to seeing it continue momentum as it rolls out to additional communities across the country,” says Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway.

Pharmasave is the only banner in Canada to launch PrescribeIT™ in 2 provinces. In addition to Alberta, 4 Pharmasave pharmacies in Ontario are also participating in this e-prescribing service.

Consumers are now more than ever better informed and more engaged in their own health and that of their families and they are looking for technology solutions to make their lives easier. Adding e-prescribing to Pharmasave’s suite of digital services fits the bill and provides customers with the comfort in knowing their prescriptions are seamlessly managed by the pharmacist and physician. “As the evolution of pharmacy practice in Canada continues to present new opportunities for pharmacy services, Pharmasave is poised to serve customers better than ever before,” says Allison Nourse, Pharmasave’s National Director, Pharmacy Innovation.

PrescribeIT™ was developed by Canada Health Infoway, a not-for-profit organization funded by the Federal government to develop, operate and maintain this national e-prescribing service.

Pharmasave is focused on providing relationship-based care and excellent customer service. We do this by embracing our customers’ growing expectations for convenience, expanded health care services and user-friendly technology.

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About Pharmasave:
With more than 640 stores across the country, Pharmasave is one of Canada’s leading independent community pharmacies. Since being founded in 1981, Pharmasave has focused on building a national platform of community-based retail outlets designed to provide exceptional patient-centred healthcare, medication advice, drug store products and customer service. MedAlign@Pharmasave is a collection of services that help patients manage their medications more effectively, increases patient adherence and improves health outcomes. Through MedAlign@Pharmasave, pharmacists provide medication reviews and medication synchronization, assisting patients by aligning their refills to come due on the same day. Pharmasave continues to differentiate itself through leading-edge digital solutions. Patients can access everyday tools to manage their health in ways that are simple to set up and easy to maintain with eCare@Pharmasave. This suite of interactive solutions enables patients to engage digitally with their pharmacy and empowers them with mobile refills, medication reminders and so much more. Each Pharmasave store operates independently to serve its individual community, tailoring both programs and services to the unique needs of customers and reinforcing the commitment to help all customers live well with Pharmasave.

For more information, contact:
Media Relations
Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd.
604-455-2455
info@bc.pharmasave.ca

About PrescribeIT™
Canada Health Infoway is working with Health Canada, the provinces and territories and industry stakeholders to develop, operate and maintain the national e-prescribing service known as PrescribeIT™. PrescribeIT™ will serve all Canadians, pharmacies and prescribers and provide safer and more effective medication management by enabling prescribers to transmit a prescription electronically between a prescriber’s electronic medical record (EMR) and the pharmacy management system (PMS) of a patient’s pharmacy of choice. PrescribeIT will also help improve patient safety, reducing harm and costs associated with opioid misuse, while also protecting Canadians’ personal health information from being sold or used for commercial activities.

About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.

For more information, contact:
Akilah Child, Communications Advisor
Canada Health Infoway
(416) 595-3435
achild@infoway-inforoute.ca

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