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Lawmakers, Pharmacists Rally Against Express Scripts-Medco Merger Proposal at U.S. Capitol
Date:11/3/2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO, B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, participated in a press conference organized by the Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW! (PCPAN) coalition at the U.S. Capitol this morning, culminating an advocacy push that brought community pharmacists to Washington, D.C. from around the nation to urge the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to reject the proposed mega-merger of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions.

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PCPAN is a broad coalition of consumers, business and pharmacists chaired by former U.S. Representative Eva M. Clayton (D-N.C.) in opposition to the merger. Also participating in the press conference were current U.S. Representatives Thomas Marino (R-Pa.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.). Hoey issued the following statement:

"The current PBM marketplace is flawed and we fear matters will only get worse if the Express Scripts-Medco mega-merger is approved. NCPA stands united in principled opposition with the Preserve Community Pharmacy Access Now! coalition, members of Congress like Thomas Marino and Joe Courtney, other consumer advocates, small businesses and a host of others.

"Quite simply, the windfall profits of major PBMs have soared and everyone else has been paying the price. To paraphrase independent pharmacist and NCPA member Joseph Lech during a
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