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No more free calendars, angry patients
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Dec 11, 2014 03:46:41
Pharmacists are stressed because patients want free calendars for 2015, but pharmaceutical companies don’t give away free calendars.

Some patients even walk away if pharmacists say they don’t have free calendar any more while some elderly patients get mad at the pharmacists.

A pharmacist in Kangnam, Seoul, said, “I ask drugmakers free calendars, but they just say they don’t have enough. A few days ago, one of elderly regular patients got mad and complained that we are too stingy.”

Other pharmacist in Incheon said, “The competing pharmacy has a stack of free calendars and let their patients take them home. I can’t ignore the fact. I may need to spend some money on making calendars out of my pocket.”

It is known that pharmaceutical companies give free calendars only to the pharmacies that used to make large orders and are willing to order a bulk size of a certain products.

Another pharmacist said his regular patient went to the neighboring pharmacy that gives a free calendar for new registration and pointed that its practice may be illegal.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said in 2007 that giving a free calendar to a customer once a year is not a illegal business practice.
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