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

When 89 percent of prescriptions are covered by third party contracts, which are dominated by PBMs, there should be a focus on achieving a fairer and more competitive pharmacy marketplace," said Robert J. Greenwood, RPh, NCPA president and pharmacy owner in Waterloo, Iowa. "That is why we continue to press our case at every opportunity for these pro-patient, pro-pharmacist policies. We will also continue to work with policymakers and stakeholders on forward-looking issues such as the development of accountable care organizations and state health insurance exchanges."

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 over 37% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists.  Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.


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