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Florida Independent Drugstores Attack Mail-Service Pharmacies, Put Profits Ahead of Patients
Date:6/16/2011

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seeking to continue charging Medicaid patients high prescription drug prices, Florida independent drugstores are attacking the state's efforts to lower costs and improve safety by encouraging home delivery of chronic medications.

"Everyone knows that mail-service pharmacies make prescriptions more affordable for consumers, employers, and unions," said Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt. "Independent drugstore owners that fight home delivery put their profits ahead of patients."

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 also get private counseling over the phone from trained pharmacists seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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 the federal employees' health plan. For prescription drugs dispensed through mail-order pharmacies, the average mail-order price was about 27 percent below the average cash-price paid by consumers for a brand name at a retail pharmacy and 53 percent below the average cash-price paid for generic drugs.
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