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NY Top Drugstore Lobbyist Admits Mail-Service Pharmacy Saves Money... But Pushes Gov. Cuomo to Sign a Bill to Stop Employers From Using it
Date:8/18/2011

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  An ad campaign launched today by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) highlights the comments of a top drugstore lobbyist to show that Assembly Bill 5502-B would raise the cost of prescription medications for consumers and payers in New York.  The bill is currently awaiting transmission to Governor Andrew Cuomo for signature or veto.

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While admitting in a recent New York Times article that the bill includes a provision that will let unions continue using mail-service pharmacies to save money, Craig Burridge, executive director of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, says businesses should no longer be extended the same privilege.   According to the New York Times story:

"Drug plans negotiated by labor unions would be exempt from the law, said Craig Burridge, executive director of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, if the unions required members to use mail-order pharmacies as a way of saving money."

"It's wrong for drugstores to ask Governor Cuomo to sign a bill that enriches them by making businesses and consumers pay more for prescription drugs. In this economy, employers need every cost saving tool they can get and mail-service pharmacy is at the top of the list," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.

Click here to learn more about the effort to veto Assembly Bill 5502-B.

In a letter to New York State Senator James Seward last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned that Assembly Bill 5502-B would have the "unintended consequence of harming consumers" and would likely "raise prices for, and reduce access to, pr
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