"Plus the added bonus that, if your pharmacy is out of stock or has already closed by the time you get there, you can't take your prescription somewhere else to be dispensed"
Not sure about your location, but out in the sticks, the pharmacy has the ability to order and receive pretty much most medication the same day, if order placed by 2.00pm.
It also has to be said that *if* they were using the database correctly, they could make a much better job of predicting the types and quantities of medication required (yes, I know that's big if, but one can always live in hope.)
What does worry me, is that it's clear this is being done to allow the database to be marketed to the pharmaceutical companies, so that the government can earn money from it. The problem then is that we may start to see more aggressive action by those businesses to change what drugs are being prescribed or supplied.