Sale of Products by Physicians

Under Review: No
Issued by Council: January 1, 2010

  1. For the purpose of this standard, products include, but are not limited to, any product, device or appliance offered for the diagnosis, cure, alleviation or prevention of disease, disorders or injuries in a patient.
  2. If a physician offers products, other than prescription drugs, for sale to a patient, the physician must not sell the product at a price in excess of the fair market price paid by the physician plus a reasonable handling cost.
  3. If a physician offers products for sale to a patient, the physician must, at a minimum, create and maintain records detailing the following:
    1. the actual cost of the product to the physician, including any rebate or price reduction provided to the physician;
    2. the name of the manufacturer and the supplier of the product;
    3. the date the product was supplied to the physician;
    4. the expiry date of the product, if any; and
    5. any additional costs incurred by the physician, including any formula or calculation used by the physician to determine the additional cost added to the price of the product charged to the patient.

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