Navigation Links
NCPA Statement on CVS Caremark-Aetna Agreement
Date:7/29/2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the agreement announced that CVS Caremark would provide pharmacy benefits to all 9.7 million lives covered by insurance giant Aetna, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) issued the following statement from Arlington, Texas pharmacy owner and NCPA President Joseph H. Harmison, PD:

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100106/DC33253LOGO)

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100106/DC33253LOGO)

"When it comes to putting its profits before patients, CVS Caremark is quite simply in a league of its own. In seeking Federal Trade Commission approval of the merger of retail giant CVS with the major pharmacy benefit manager Caremark, pledged to be agnostic as to where patients filled their prescriptions. That pledge has rung hollow as patients and local pharmacists complain of greater and greater pressure – or outright mandates – to switch prescriptions to CVS stores or Caremark mail order.

"Two criticisms lodged against CVS Caremark since the merger would appear to be particularly relevant to the Aetna agreement. First, the utilization of sensitive, private medical information for crass, marketing pitches. Second, the imposition of the ironically named 'Maintenance Choice' program, which can force patients to endure unreasonable requirements for their prescription medication, such as significant waits for mail order or long trips to the nearest CVS. Both problems have the potential to plague additional patients as a result of this agreement.

"The cries of protest against compromised care and unreasonable restrictions on patient choice are likely to only grow louder and more frequent with this agreement. Regrettably, Aetna customers and patients can anticipate a barrage of misleading sales pitches and complex schemes intended to camouflage CVS Caremark's history of over-promising and under-delivering on pharmacy savings.

"The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's competition and privacy bureaus and at least 24 states and municipalities are investigating CVS Caremark regarding the many anticompetitive, anti-consumer complaints raised by patients, Members of Congress and independent community pharmacists. NCPA will continue to work to support these and other investigations in the hopes the regulators will see the need to implement meaningful changes to protect the patient's choice of pharmacy and to restore meaningful pharmacy competition."

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 www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Community Pharmacists Association
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Statement by KCP Chairman Dr. Edward Jones in Response to FDA Advisory Committee on Benefits and Risks of Erythropoietin-Stimulating Agents in Treatment of Kidney Patients
2. Statement From The National Conclave on HIV/AIDS Policy for Black Clergy
3. Statement by US Oncology on FDA Label on Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs)
4. AIDS Action Council Statement on World AIDS Day 2007: Leadership Needed for a National Strategy to Stop the AIDS Epidemic
5. Statement of Andrea Kavanagh, Director, Pure Salmon Campaign, on the Science Sea Lice Study
6. Statement from the American Diabetes Association Related to ACCORD Trial Announcement
7. Media Statement: MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality OHRP Ruling
8. Statement from Eli Lilly and Company: Response to Connecticut Attorney General News Release
9. Ortho Biotech Statement on U.S. Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee Vote
10. Statement From the Lupus Foundation of America Regarding the Release of Top-Line Results From a Study of Rituxan for the Treatment of Lupus
11. VA Statement on Smoking Cessation Research Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher to ... Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher was also ... and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive member of ... expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx in connection ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  MedSource announced today that it ... software solution of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates ... to their clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic ... establishes nowEDC as the EDC platform of choice ... clients.  "nowEDC has long been a preferred EDC ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Any dentist who has ... of the current process. Many of them do not even ... technical difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ... it at such a high cost that the majority of ... Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned his ... David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at Scripps ... in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... plastic surgery procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to ... known procedures, but also many of these less common operations such as calf and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... International Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant ... of the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain ... for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it ... the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... client, The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations at ... Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):