Navigation Links
Drugstore Lobby Poll of Seniors: Mail-Service Pharmacies Cost Less than Community Drugstores

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A drugstore lobby poll finds by a 3-1 margin (51-17), that seniors agree mail-service pharmacies cost less than community drugstores, raising questions as to why Medicare Part D restricts the use of 90-day home delivery. Unlike Medicare, the use of mail-service pharmacy is encouraged in FEHBP plans, TRICARE, Fortune 500 retiree plans, and other popular programs.

"When the drugstore lobby admits that mail-service pharmacies cost less than local drugstores, it's time to remove Medicare barriers that keep seniors from accessing home delivery," said Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt . "Removing Medicare's restrictions on home delivery and encouraging beneficiaries to get refills of maintenance medications by mail would also reduce hospital and physician costs by improving adherence to chronic medications."

Currently, beneficiaries in private-sector retiree plans use home delivery four times more often than those in Part D plans. Nearly eight-out-of-ten small businesses want to be able to continue offering discounts that encourage employees to use mail-service pharmacy and consumers who use home delivery are strongly satisfied with it.  Mail-service pharmacies offer patients private counseling over the phone from trained pharmacists seven days a week, 24-hours a day.

In addition to greater convenience, mail-service pharmacies can save Medicare seniors, employers, unions, government employee plans, consumers, and other commercial-sector payers $46.6 billion in prescription drug costs over the next ten years, according to a recent study. Compared to brick-and-mortar drugstores, mail-service pharmacies offer deeper discounts and reduced copays.  (click here to read more about mail-service pharmacies)

  • Mail-service pharmacies save Medicare seniors, consumers and payers an average of 15% on 90-day prescriptions compared to 90-day prescriptions obtained at brick-and-mortar drugstores.
  • Mail-service pharmacies save Medicare seniors, consumers and payers an average of $22 per 90-day prescription compared to the same prescription obtained at a drugstore.

PCMA represents the nation's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which improve affordability and quality of care through the use of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), generic alternatives, mail-service pharmacies, and other innovative tools for 210-plus million Americans.

SOURCE Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. China Nepstar Chain Drugstore to Report Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results on November 28, 2012
2. Report: Independent Drugstores, Policymakers Face New Challenges
3. China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results
4. PrimeMail, Prime Therapeutics mail-service pharmacy, receives URAC Reaccreditation
5. EPIC Pharmacies offers members discounted access to online continuing education course - Management & HR Skills for Pharmacists
6. NABP Leads the Charge as States Tighten Ranks Around Compounding Pharmacies
7. New Survey Affirms Compounding Pharmacies Vital Role in Public Health
8. H. D. Smith Supports Local Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Clinics And Independent Retail Pharmacies Throughout Hurricane Sandy
9. Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies To Offer Free Antibiotics
10. Flu Shots Available Now at Krogers Family of Pharmacies and The Little Clinic
11. Dr. Fischer Said It Will Notify Pediatricians That Its Baby Eyelid Wipes Are Available At U.S. Pharmacies Contrary To What A Competitor Is Saying In Advertising About Its Wipes For Babies Being The First And Only In The U.S. Market
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... to date financial data derived from varied research sources to ... potential impact on the market during the next five years, ... of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , ... launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to ... #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas ... Brasil as the company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... of Astellas Farma Colombia ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by ... to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from ... the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women are ... with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate symptoms ... can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The specialists ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn ... to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization ... selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn ... specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand ... all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, ... and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained ... Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):