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NCPA Digest Finds Independent Community Pharmacies Reducing Health Costs Through Generic Drug Use, Patient Counseling
Date:10/10/2011

ides vital demographic, business, and financial information about independent community pharmacies," said Jay Williams, vice president of marketing management for Cardinal Health's Retail Pharmacy business. "This important industry resource helps NCPA identify how they can better assist members in providing quality, personalized care to patients and helps pharmacy owners improve their businesses by benchmarking their performance against their peers."

In light of the Digest findings, NCPA reiterated its support for policies to support the patient's choice of pharmacy and to promote pharmacy competition:

  • Rejecting the proposed merger of two of the three largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) Express Scripts and Medco – opposed by consumer groups, questioned by members of Congress, and currently under Federal Trade Commission review;
  • U.S. Senate and House bills the Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2011(S. 1058 / H.R. 1971), which seek to promote patient choice and address unreasonable pharmacy audits; and
  • The Preserving Our Hometown Independent Pharmacies Act (H.R. 1946) to allow independent community pharmacies to collectively bargain for fairer contracts with PBMs, which administer many prescription drug plans and also operate competing mail order pharmacies.

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