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As Economic Recovery Sputters, Independent Drugstores Shouldn't Shoulder Employers With Higher Costs
Date:7/8/2011

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the economy recovery continues to lag, employers are looking for new ways to increase competition and reduce health care costs. Running counter to these goals, independent drugstores are instead pushing an agenda that takes away employers' ability to save money by offering lower cost home delivery options for chronic medications, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today.

"As the economic recovery sputters, independent drugstores shouldn't shoulder employers with higher costs," said Charles Cote, PCMA Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communications. "Instead of opposing employers' ability to offer the lower cost home delivery option for long-term prescriptions, independent drugstores should offer solutions that actually reduce costs for employers."

Home delivery is enormously popular with patients because it offers 90-day prescriptions that are less expensive and is more convenient than driving to the drugstore every 30 days. With mail-service pharmacies, patients can get private counseling over the phone from trained pharmacists seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Home delivery also solves one of the biggest problems in health care: 25 percent of patients don't pick up the drugs prescribed by their doctors.

Numerous government and peer-reviewed studies have confirmed that mail-service pharmacies lower costs for consumers and payers, make far fewer errors, and increase medication adherence for those suffering from chronic conditions.

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The FTC concluded in a 2005 report that PBM-owned mail-order pharmacies offer lower prices on prescription drugs than retail pharmacies and are very effective at capitalizing on opportunities to dispense generic medications.
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO): In January 2003, the GAO examined the value provided by PBMs participating in th
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