Ontarians Trust Pharmacists Most for Prescription Drug Info, Survey Shows

    - Government Seen as Putting Money before Patient Care -

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Ontarians trust their pharmacists, as a
source of information about prescription drugs, more than they trust doctors,
nurses, government or drug manufacturers, an Ipsos Reid survey released today
showed. In fact, 94% say that they trust pharmacists more than the government
on issues relating to prescription drugs.
    The survey of 1,010 respondents across Ontario, conducted August 29 to
September 3, also showed that:

    -   97% agree that they trust their pharmacist to provide them with full
        information about the prescription drugs they are taking;

    -   85% of Ontarians agree that pharmacists put the health of patients
        before economic gain;

    -   however, 86% agree that Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term
        Care is more concerned with containing costs than quality healthcare;

    -   only 47% trust drug manufacturers to provide them with full
        information about the prescription drugs they are taking.

    "We know that pharmacists are the community healthcare professionals that
Ontarians turn to first for health care advice, and we are pleased that the
Ipsos Reid survey supports that. In fact, for many Ontarians, their local
independent pharmacist is the health care provider they see most often, and
spend the most time with," said Ben Shenouda, President, Independent
Pharmacists of Ontario (IPO).
    The survey also showed that when it comes to choosing which drugs are
available in pharmacies, there is a large public distrust of governments and
drug manufacturers. Many more Ontarians believe that doctors (41%),
pharmacists (37%), researchers and scientists (14%) should be responsible for
making this decision rather than government (7%) or drug manufacturers (2%).
    "It's clear that the public has the greatest trust in those who they see
as having their health care as a top-most concern, while they have the least
trust in those they see as putting costs and profits ahead of quality care,"
Shenouda said.

For further information:

For further information: visit our website at www.ipoassociation.com, or
contact: Ben Shenouda, President, IPO, Tel: (905) 792-3011, Email:

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