ICHP Position Statement - Drug Sampling

The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP) adopts the following American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) position statement #9702 on Drug Samples:

 “To oppose drug sampling or similar drug marketing programs that (1) do not provide the elements of pharmaceutical care, (2) result in poor drug control, allowing patients to receive improperly labeled and packaged, deteriorated, outdated, and unrecorded drugs, (3) provide access to prescription drugs by unauthorized, untrained personnel, (4) may encourage inappropriate prescribing habits, or (5) may increase the cost of treatment for all patients.”

In addition, ICHP encourages the development of alternative drug acquisition programs including, but not limited to, drug vouchers, rebate programs, manufacturer- sponsored and institution-sponsored patient assistance programs.

Revised 09/2014