WASHINGTON, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new radio ad launched today in New York exposes a campaign to protect the independent drugstores' profits while raising costs for consumers and small businesses. Senate Bill 3510 and Assembly Bill 5502 would take away employers ability to save money by offering lower cost home delivery options for chronic medications.
"Everyone knows that mail-service pharmacies save money for consumers, employers, unions and government agencies," said Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt. "It's wrong for independent drug stores to try and enrich themselves at the expense of small employers struggling to offer affordable prescription benefits to their employees."
Home delivery of prescription medications offers consumers lower costs, convenience and access to private counseling from trained clinicians 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, reduce dangerous medication errors, and increase adherence for those suffering from chronic conditions.
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 200-plus million Americans.
|SOURCE Pharmaceutical Care Management Association|
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