On March 14 2018 the discipline committee of the Ontario College of Pharmacists found that two directors of Costco pharmacies had committed acts of professional misconduct by soliciting C$1,266,000 in payments relating to advertising, which could reasonably be regarded as rebates for the purchase of interchangeable drug products, contrary to the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and the Ontario Drug Benefit Act. The pharmacists were each fined C$20,000.

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