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NACDS, NCPA and Pharmacies File Lawsuit to Stop Proposed Merger of Express Scripts and Medco to Protect Patient Access to Community Pharmacy
Date:3/29/2012

alth and reducing costs across the board. We believe that this legal action will put further emphasis where it should be – on patients," said Anderson and Hoey. 

"We look forward to continuing to work with the FTC and state attorneys general as they continue their investigations. We believe there is compelling evidence that warrants the FTC and the states attorneys general blocking this merger. We will also continue to engage with the many Members of Congress who have expressed concern about the merger as we seek to work with all branches and all levels of government to prevent the grave harm this merger would cause to health plans, pharmacies and patients," said Anderson and Hoey. 

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) represents traditional drug stores, supermarkets, and mass merchants with pharmacies – from regional chains with four stores to national companies.  Chains operate more than 40,000 pharmacies and employ more than 3.5 million employees, including 130,000 pharmacists.  They fill over 2.6 billion prescriptions annually, which is more than 72 percent of annual prescriptions in the United States.  The total economic impact of all retail stores with pharmacies transcends their $900 billion in annual sales.  Every $1 spent in these stores creates a ripple effect of $1.81 in other industries, for a total economic impact of $1.76 trillion, equal to 12 percent of GDP.  For more information about NACDS, visit www.NACDS.org.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists.  Independent community pharmacists
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