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

urnal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy: Peer-reviewed data found that highly automated mail-service pharmacies dispensed prescriptions with 23 times greater accuracy than retail pharmacies. The mail-service error rate was zero in several of the most critical areas, including dispensing the correct drug, dosage, and dosage form.
  • American Journal of Managed Care: Consumers receiving their prescription medications for chronic conditions through a mail-service pharmacy "were more likely to take them as prescribed by their doctors than did patients who obtained them from a local pharmacy." Key findings from the study include:
    • Mail-order pharmacy users were more likely than local pharmacy users to have a financial incentive to fill their prescriptions by mail (49.6 percent vs. 23.0 percent), and to live a greater distance away from a local pharmacy (8.0 miles vs. 6.7 miles).
    • 84.7 percent of patients who received their medications by mail at least two-thirds of the time stuck to their physician-prescribed regimen, versus 76.9 percent who picked up their medications at "brick and mortar" Kaiser Permanente pharmacies.

  • A new ad campaign highlights the clear choice Florida policymakers have in finding savings for the state's Medicaid program: cut benefits for patients or overpayments to independent drugstores. Florida could save $473 million over the next decade by cutting independent drugstore overpayments and modernizing its pharmacy benefits to be more like those in Medicare and commercial plans.

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