LAST UPDATE: March, 2022
BY SIGNING UP FOR THE BE WELL PROGRAM, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE PROGRAM WILL COLLECT AND USE YOUR OR YOUR PERSON-IN-CARE’S PERSONAL INFORMATION (INCLUDING DEMOGRAPHIC AND PERSONAL TRANSACTION INFORMATION) AND, IF YOU CHOOSE TO PROVIDE IT, YOUR OR YOUR PERSON-IN-CARE’S PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION (INCLUDING HEALTHCARE AND PRESCRIPTION INFORMATION) FOR SUCH PURPOSES AS (i) INFORMING YOU ABOUT PRODUCTS/SERVICES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO YOU, AND (ii) PROVIDING YOU OR YOUR CAREGIVER WITH RELEVANT REMINDERS, PROMOTIONS, AND HEALTH AND WELLNESS INFORMATION AS WELL AS CUSTOMIZED ADVERTISEMENTS FOR MEDICATIONS, THERAPIES, OR PRODUCTS THAT MAY BE RELEVANT TO YOUR HEALTH CONDITIONS.
BY SIGNING UP FOR THE BE WELL PROGRAM, YOU ALSO AGREE TO THE COLLECTION OF YOUR OR YOUR PERSON-IN-CARE’S PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION, INCLUDING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR OR THEIR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, FROM THE PHARMACY TO WHICH YOU CONNECT AND FROM ANY OF THE REXALL PHARMACIES AND OTHER PHARMACY BANNERS PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM AT WHICH YOU OR THEY RECEIVE PHARMACY SERVICES. THIS PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION MAY INCLUDE INFORMATION THAT WAS COLLECTED BY THESE PHARMACIES AND PHARMACY BANNERS BEFORE YOU ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM. YOU ALSO AGREE TO THE COLLECTION OF YOUR OR YOUR PERSON-IN-CARE’S PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION DIRECTLY FROM PHYSICIANS OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS OR YOUR CAREGIVERS (IF YOU ARE A PERSON-IN-CARE) AS AUTHORIZED BY YOU FROM TIME TO TIME.
At McKesson Canada Corporation (“McKesson”, “we” or “us”), we value the trust that our members place in us to appropriately use and protect personal information. The Be Well Program (the “Be Well Program” or “Program”) is a program owned and administered by [McKesson], providing services which include the Be Well mobile application (the “App”), the Be Well website application (the “Web App”), the Be Well website (the “Website”), and the Be Well membership card (the “Membership Card”). The App, the Web App, the Website and the Membership Card are collectively referred to as the “Platform”.
The Program has the following two components :
- a loyalty rewards program that allows you to earn points through the purchase of products from participating retail outlets (“retail participants”) and to redeem those points for cash savings, and which provides you with customized offers and information based on the information collected about you, including demographic, account and personal transaction information (the “Loyalty Program”); and
- a pharmacy access service that provides you with enhanced pharmacy care services, which include services related to connecting you to a pharmacy, viewing your medication record, refilling a prescription, and providing you with customized advertisements for medications, therapies and products that may be relevant to your health condition(s) (“Pharmacy Services”).
You will be required to provide a specific express consent to enroll with the Program. By enrolling with the Program using the App or Web App, you are automatically enrolling with both the Loyalty Program and Pharmacy Services components of the Program. You can always decide which component(s) you wish to use, and, if you wish to use Pharmacy Services, you can always decide which information you provide to us through Pharmacy Services. If you use the Pharmacy Services, you are eligible to sign-up for the caregiver function (“Caregiver Function”), through which an individual who takes on the role of caregiver for a spouse, child or parent, or for someone who needs help because of a physical or cognitive condition, an injury, or a chronic life-limiting illness (“Caregiver”) can manage prescription medications remotely on behalf of that person. That person could be, for example, the Caregiver’s child or ageing parent, or another individual the Caregiver assists (“person-in-care” or “PiC”).
- Rexall Pharmacy Group ULC and its affiliates Rexall Pharmacies Ltd., Rexall Pharmacies (BC) ULC and Rexall Pharmacies (Sask) ULC (“Rexall”);
- McKesson Canada Corporation (whose banner pharmacies include I.D.A., Guardian);
- Medicine Shoppe Canada Corporation;
- Pharmessor Group Corporation (whose banner pharmacies include Remedy’sRx, Uniprix and Proxim);
- McKesson Specialty Prescription Services Corporation (which owns McKesson Canada’s Well.ca Pharmacy); and
- Well.ca ULC (which owns and operates the www.well.ca website).
Definition of personal information
Personal Information We Collect
When you enroll in the Program and use the Platform, we may collect personal information about you. The personal information we collect may include, for example:
- Contact and demographic information, such as your name, gender, date of birth, contact information (postal code, city and province/territory, email address).
- Account and transaction information, such as your profile picture (optional), password management information and security questions and answers, as well as information related to your participation in the Program (including, for example, the number of points you have accumulated, your history of award redemptions, products that you choose to purchase).
- Technical information, when this information can identify you as an individual, for instance if it is related to other information you provide. This may include information that you share or make visible on the Internet, including usage information (i.e. your interactions with the Platform, searches and location information), log data (when you access the Platform, our servers automatically receive and log information from your browser), information from your device (hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, location, and available mobile network information), IP address, cookie information, and the pages and functionality requested.
- Health Information, which may include information about such things as your health card number, health conditions, medication purchases, prescription history and underlying diagnosis. If you sign up for Pharmacy Services, in all provinces but Ontario you will need to provide us with your health card number in order for us to provide you with prescription services. In Ontario, if you choose not to provide us with your health card number you must go into the pharmacy to receive your prescription services in person.
- Purchases. When you submit a prescription request through the Platform (e.g., when refiling a prescription), you may choose to provide us with a billing address, mailing address, pseudonym, phone number, group affiliations, public and/or private insurance provider information, payment assistance program information, and payment and billing information. During checkout, you have the option to have us remember your credit card number for future purchases. We do this using a technology called “payment tokenization”, and don’t actually store your credit card number. When you complete a purchase we use your credit card number to obtain a random string of letters and numbers from your credit card payment provider (a “token”). Then, when you want to make your next purchase, instead of sending your credit card number to the credit card payment provider, we send the token. Just like all of our other financial transactions, this communication is set up to take place over a secure, encrypted communication line.
If you are using the platform as a Caregiver, we may collect additional information such as your relationship with the PiC, your mobile contact number, and additional information that may be required to ensure that you are eligible to act as a Caregiver.
How We Collect Information
We may collect personal information about you in different ways when you participate in the Program:
- From you directly, for instance through your enrolment in the Program; your interactions with us (for example, when you redeem award points or when you communicate with us); your purchase of medications, health products, or other products from participating retailers; or your participation in surveys, marketing promotions, or contests. If you choose to enroll for Pharmacy Services, you may also provide us with personal health information through other means (for instance, verbally to your pharmacist, through a survey, through a survey, or through your Caregiver, if you have designated one).
- Through your online or electronic activity when using the Platform, whether through the App, WebApp or otherwise, including through self-reported information and communications with us through or with respect to the App or WebApp. The App and WebApp allow you to self-report (or your Caregiver, if you have appointed one, to report) your health information (or the health information of sub-users, but only if you have their consent, as required by law). For example, you or your Caregiver can enter medical documents, or health-related information such as number of steps, blood pressure readings, heart rate or allergy information, through the App. In addition, the App may connect to and receive information from other third party/health related devices via Bluetooth connectivity (e.g. wearable technology), for example, if you choose to connect your health device/bracelet to the App to share your heart rate in real time.
- From the McKesson pharmacy management software should you choose to participate and use Pharmacy Services. In such case, your personal health information such as purchases of medication may be collected or generated by your pharmacist or your healthcare provider(s). When you sign up for the Program, the information about you and/or your Caregiver (if you have designated one) or your PiC in the McKesson pharmacy management software will be made available to the Program, and then is provided to your selected pharmacy (after which it is deleted from the Program). This includes information that was collected by the software before you enrolled in the Program. It includes information from any of the Rexall pharmacies and other pharmacy banners participating in the Program, as listed above, at which you fill prescriptions or otherwise receive pharmacy services, including information that was collected before you enrolled in the Program.
How We Use Your Personal Information
Different entities in the McKesson Group, including McKesson affiliates or subsidiaries, use the personal information we collect for the following purposes related to the Program:
- To operate the Program and manage our business, including to:
- track and process accumulations of points and redemptions of rewards
- enable your participation in contests, promotions, surveys and chats
- understand your preferences, needs, and consumer behaviour and improve your customer experience
- display and provide relevant and personalized content and advertisements through various channels based on information collected about you, including your demographic, account and personal transaction information; for example, if you often purchase diapers, we may inform you of offers on baby formula.
- link your account with the account of your Caregiver or PiC, as the case may be
- communicate with you and/or your Caregiver (if you have designated one) and manage your account
- investigate and manage complaints
- meet our legal and regulatory obligations
- To communicate with you, including to:
- take or verify instructions from you and/or your Caregiver (if you have designated one) and respond to inquiries
- subject to your right to withdraw consent to receive commercial electronic messages, to offer you the opportunity to voluntarily participate in contests or surveys and to market products and services that may be of interest to you (including products and services offered by third parties or other members of the McKesson Group)
- To conduct data analytics and market research, including to:
- better manage and develop our business and operations, including to improve or to develop new products, services, programs, promotions, contests or events
- better understand our customer base. When doing so, we generally will use non- sensitive information (no health information) and will only use your information in an aggregated format or with direct personal identifiers removed. For example, we may analyze members’ data and determine that a certain household products are sold more prevalently in certain geographic areas, but this information will only be created and shared with third parties on an de-identified and/or aggregated basis
- If you choose to use Pharmacy Services, to operate Pharmacy Services and to provide you with information about your prescriptions and healthcare, including to:
- remind you and/or your Caregiver (if you have designated one) of specific actions you need to take regarding your medications
- inform you and/or your Caregiver (if you have designated one) of relevant government policies related to your prescription coverage
- provide you with health and wellness related information
- allow you and/or your Caregiver (if you have designated one) to fill and re-fill prescriptions electronically
- communicate with your physician to confirm prescription details or to request a fax of your prescription so that we may fill your prescription
- communicate with your current pharmacy to have your prescriptions transferred to your chosen Rexall pharmacy, if you request that we do so
- allow you to have your prescription delivered directly to you at your desired location
- authorize your credit card for any prescription charges, if applicable
- understand your preferences, needs, and consumer behaviour and improve your customer experience
- present you with customized information and advertisements for medications, therapies and products that are relevant to your health condition(s). For example, if you have diabetes and there is a new diabetes drug therapy that you may benefit from we may let you know about it.
How We Share Your Personal Information
We share your personal information when this is needed to allow you to participate in the Program and whichever components of the Program you are using (the Loyalty Program, Pharmacy Services, or both).
- Third party service providers. Personal information may be disclosed to such organizations or individuals whose services are retained by the McKesson Group in connection with the Program, including suppliers, and companies contracted to process and manage transactions, redemption requests, research, analysis and communications, advertising agencies, direct marketing agents, data processing and storage firms as well as mailing houses, and providers of administrative support service. These agents, representatives or organizations must sign a confidentiality agreement which includes data security provisions and may only use the information disclosed to them for the purposes mentioned in the agreement, after which they must return the information to us or destroy the information, without keeping a copy. They are prohibited from disclosing the information to third parties without obtaining appropriate consent in advance.
- With third parties, at your request or as permitted or required by law. We may need to share information with companies, organizations, or individuals outside of the McKesson Group if we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure of that information is reasonably necessary to:
- With your Caregiver (if you have designated one). Some of your personal information (e.g., prescription name, last fill date, quantity/supply, pharmacy location, and prescribing physician) may be available to the Caregiver that you have designated in order to allow such Caregiver to assist you with your prescriptions and refills and related functions, such as:
- adding or removing Pharmacy accounts on your behalf in the Platform;
- viewing your medication record with every linked Pharmacy account in the Platform;
- requesting prescription refill through the Platform on your behalf;
- submitting new prescriptions through the Photo Rx feature on your behalf;
- receiving notifications (e.g. Rexall Reminder) on your behalf;
- enrolling/unenrolling to Rexall’s auto-refill program;
- synchronizing the Caregiver and your medications for refill / pickup; and
- receiving notification if your medication adherence falls below a threshold.
Otherwise, we may shared members’ information with third parties, but only to the extent that such information has been properly de-identified and/or is provided on an aggregated basis.
Your request for a prescription transfer, fill or refill will be transmitted to the Rexall pharmacy authorised to operate in your province of residence. Once the Rexall pharmacy has received the request, it will be handled in the same manner as all Rexall prescription fill and refill requests, at all times being subject to the dispensing Rexall pharmacist’s professional judgment and ethical responsibilities. You may also be contacted by a Rexall representative by phone at the phone number you provided regarding the details of your prescription fill or refill.
Right to withdraw consent
Consent may be withdrawn at any time, subject to legal, regulatory or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice; however, without such consent, we may not be able to provide you with services relating to the Program.
You have the right to access and update the personal information we maintain about you. You can do so by updating your account information through the App or Website. You can also contact us directly any time at the address listed in the Contact Information section below for any type of request regarding the information you know or believe we hold about you.
We will retain your personal information to meet our contractual obligations to you and for as long as your account is active or potentially active, is reasonably useful for commercial purposes, or as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. We may also retain de-identified and/or aggregate information beyond this time for research purposes and to help us develop and improve our services, and as detailed in section entitled How We Use Your Personal Information. You cannot be identified from de-identified and/or aggregate information retained or used for these purposes.
This Program is not intended for any member under the age of 14 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 14. We do not allow children under the age of 14 to enroll in the Program. A Caregiver may enroll in the program on behalf of a child who is under the age of majority. A member of the Program who is capable of making their own decisions and who has not yet reached the age of majority in their province of residence may choose not to give their Caregiver access to some of their information such as their prescription name, last fill date, quantity/supply, pharmacy location, and prescribing physician.
How We Protect Your Information
As a key provider of services and technology to the healthcare industry, the McKesson Group has implemented programs to address the privacy and security requirements of protecting health information. The McKesson Group has also established appropriate physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect the personal information we collect from or about our members and the information that they provide us (including the information about their Caregivers or PiCs, if any). We restrict access to personal information to McKesson Group employees, contractors, and agents who need to know the information to process it for us, and who are subject to confidentiality obligations and only share your information as detailed in the section How We Share Your Personal Information above.
Personal information is usually transmitted in an encrypted form using SSL encryption. Notwithstanding our security safeguards, it is impossible to guarantee 100% security in all circumstances. If you have any questions about security or have reason to believe your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, you feel the security of any account you might have with us has been compromised), you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting McKesson at 1-888-596-5131 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cross-Border Transfer of Personal Information
When you use the Program, your personal information may be transferred to and/or stored in another country where we or our service providers operate, including the United States. By enrolling with the Program and/or using the Platform, you agree to such cross-border transfer of your personal information and understand that your information may be available to government authorities under lawful orders and laws applicable in foreign jurisdictions. McKesson will strive to protect personal information disclosed to third parties by contractual agreements requiring that those third parties adhere to confidentiality and security procedures and protections.
You may also call us Toll-free at 1-877-378-4100
Or write to us at:
ATTN: Be Well, Privacy Officer
McKesson Canada | 6355 Viscount Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1W2
You also have the right to contact your privacy regulator. For example, if you are an Ontario resident with questions or concerns relating to your health information, you may contact:
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East,