Navigation Links
NCPA: Walmart Medicare Drug Plan a Prescription for Poor Pharmacy Care

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the world's largest corporation, today announced a Medicare prescription drug plan that imposes higher co-payments on seniors who choose to continue using their trusted local, community pharmacy.



In response to the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) President and Arlington, Texas pharmacy owner Joseph H. Harmison, PD, issued the following statement:

"This is simply Walmart's latest 'loss leader,' intended to bring more people through its doors at the expense of patient care and quality customer service. Patients taking a brand name drug or who can't or don't want to take a therapeutic substitute for the drug their doctor prescribed may see little, if any, savings.  What's more, patients are being financially coerced to get their medications at Walmart stores which make up less than seven percent of all of the retail pharmacies in the U.S.

"The newly released J.D. Power and Associates 2010 National Pharmacy Study affirms that patients continue to give Walmart pharmacies very poor marks. The company garnered industry-low customer satisfaction ratings for both its retail and mail order pharmacies.

"The negative views patients have toward Walmart pharmacy persist despite high profile, multi-million dollar campaigns, such as promoting $4 generic drugs. In fact, many independent community pharmacists saw patients return to their pharmacies once they experienced the wait times and assembly-line service first-hand.

"By contrast, independent community pharmacies earned among the highest customer satisfaction scores of all pharmacies. That's due in large part to the sterling customer service and competitive pricing that these local pharmacies offer. The relationships independent pharmacists have with their patients also greatly encourage better patient adherence to their prescribed medication regimen, which can lower overall health care costs.

"As NCPA reviews the Walmart plan, we intend on reading the fine print. For example, we want to ensure the plan adheres to Medicare's marketing and plan guidelines. We also will learn more about how the plan may disadvantage other pharmacies and their patients and will respond accordingly."

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at

SOURCE National Community Pharmacists Association
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. NACDS, NCPA: Victory for Patients, Pharmacy as CMS Moves to Withdraw Provisions of AMP Rule Currently Blocked by Injunction
2. NCPA: AARP Report Finds Brand Name Drug Prices Soar as Large Pharmacy Benefit Managers Reap Windfall Profits
3. Humana and Walmart Announce Innovative Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan with Lowest National Monthly Premium Offered in all 50 States and D.C. (1)
4. Walmart, Lilly Team Up to Provide Human Insulin to People With Diabetes
5. Experts Say Medicares Bidding System for Medical Equipment Will Fail
6. NCPA Commends Senate Aging Committee for Launching CVS Caremark Investigation to Examine Alleged Harm to Seniors, Medicare
7. MyMedicareMatters Website Expands Coverage of Critical Medicare Information
8. WellPoint Subsidiary Wins Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contract Valued at $86.7 Million
9. Homecare Provider Testifies on Downside of Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee
10. Independent Study Concludes Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment Could Negatively Affect Care Access, Quality, and Choice for Seniors and People with Disabilities
11. 136 Members of Congress Demand that Medicare Release Key Information about Controversial Bidding Program for Home Medical Equipment
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ... company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that it ... Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said ... increase shareholder awareness of our progress in developing drugs ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Any dentist who has made an implant ... process. Many of them do not even offer this as ... high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE able to ... a high cost that the majority of today,s patients would ... Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and inventor ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on ... today announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing ... Duchenne) has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. ... in the third quarter of 2016, and to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on ... Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability ... fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June ... a Bronze Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments ... of the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for ... $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same ... wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic ... Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP ... that have already resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):