Navigation Links
New Physicians Survey: Most Drugstores Lack the 'Expertise and Capability' to Provide Specialty Medications
Date:12/12/2013

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new national survey released today by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) finds physicians are highly satisfied with their specialty pharmacies, but are skeptical that most drugstores have the "expertise and capability" to provide the same medications to patients.  Only 5 percent believe "all" drugstores are qualified to do so, according to the survey. 

Some state legislatures are considering new "Any Willing Specialty Pharmacy" mandates that would force employers to contract with any drugstore that wants to dispense complex specialty medications, regardless of its qualifications.  This has been a top legislative priority of the drugstore lobby.

"When it comes to providing drug benefits to those with chronic illnesses, patient safety is the top priority.  It's wrong to make employer and union health plans contract with drugstores that may not be qualified to dispense complex biologic medicines," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.

North Star Opinion Research conducted the national survey of 500 physicians in the rheumatology, nephrology, infectious disease, oncology, and neurology specialties who prescribe specialty medications.  Detailed results from the survey are below (and here):

  1. Specialists say their patients already have access to specialty medications from a variety of sources.  Thirty percent say their patients typically get their specialty medications from a specialty pharmacy, compared to 21 percent from a drugstore, 10 percent from a doctor's office or practice, 8 percent from an outpatient clinic and 6 percent from a mail service pharmacy, with 22 percent saying patients get their medications from a combination of sources.
  2. Only five percent of the specialists who work with specialty pharmacies believe that all drugstores "have the expertise and capability to provide the different types of specialty medications to patients."  Five percent of these physicians say all traditional drugstores have the expertise and capability to provide these specialty drugs and 25 percent say most do, while 66 percent say some do and 2 percent say none.
  3. Specialists are overwhelmingly satisfied with the specialty pharmacies they work with. These specialists are satisfied with the services provided by specialty pharmacies by an 89 to 7 margin.
  4. Specialists think drug companies should offer discounts to individuals who can't afford expensive specialty drugs, instead of making small businesses offer low copays to everyone.  Only 35 percent of the specialists in these fields believe that small businesses should be required to have lower copays for expensive specialty medications, while 45 percent believe drug companies should be required to offer discounts to individuals who cannot afford the drugs.

PCMA represents the nation's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which improve affordability and quality of care through the use of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), generic alternatives, mail-service pharmacies, and other innovative tools for 216 million Americans.

Follow PCMA on Twitter


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Launches Cities for Life
2. CentraState and Freehold Radiology Group train physicians from China
3. New Published Guidelines to Help Physicians Diagnose and Treat Lupus Kidney Disease
4. Ameritox Announces Educational Resources to Help Physicians Navigate Complex Compliance Issues
5. "AWAKEN" Survey Finds Only 50 Percent of Americans Understand Significant Health Impact of Narcolepsy, and Many Physicians Not Comfortable Diagnosing the Sleep Disorder
6. Physicians Practice Recognized for Print and Digital Excellence
7. HealthWarehouse.com and Northwest Physicians Network Partner to Provide Exclusive Discount Pharmacy Services to Patients
8. The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Announces Guidelines for Responsible Prescribing of Pain-Killers for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
9. Homecare Community Dismayed that Medicare Will Start Prior Authorization for Wheelchairs without a Clinical Template for Physicians to Document Need
10. Physicians Find Medical Billers and Coders Within 48 Hours of Posting Jobs with MBC
11. Physicians Capital Investments, Physicians Capital Markets, and EDGE Realty Capital Markets announce a new strategic initiative
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... Dec. 7, 2016 KEY FINDINGS ... benefits such as reducing loss of blood during ... cardiac arrests, rapid recovery after surgeries, and decreasing ... be segmented into convective warming system, surface warming ... turn reduce the stay at hospitals thus, lowering ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... DUBLIN , Dec 7, 2016 Research ... Product, Application and End User - Global Forecast to 2021" report ... , , ... reach USD 2.12 Billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 7.3% ... such as the growing prevalence of cancer and rapidly increasing geriatric population ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , Dec. 7, 2016 DelveInsight,s, ... report provides in depth insights on the ... the Janus Kinase 3 (JAK3) Inhibitors. The ... various stages of development including Discovery, Pre-clinical, ... and Preregistration. Report covers the product clinical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 , ... ODU, a worldwide leader in designing ... advanced highly customizable contact technology solutions. , ODU Single Contact Technology portfolio includes: ... for a wide range of applications that require customization from industries like emobility, ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Augustine ... services to families and business owners in the greater Dallas metropolitan area, is ... Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. , Established in 2009 by active police professionals in ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A. Kevin Spann Insurance, a New York-based firm offering insurance ... launching a charity drive to raise funds that will benefit the Marine Corps League. ... and Navy FMF Corpsmen. Working closely with the MCL, the A. Kevin Spann team ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... The ... its fully redesigned website, which launched October 17, 2016, features comprehensive information regarding ... and easy-to-navigate layout. Visitors and patients can discover the latest clinical dermatology treatments ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Dallas, TX (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 ... ... service based in Dallas, Texas, is condemning "scam operations" carried out by unethical ... to bring these scam operations to a halt. According to Texas Premier Locksmith, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):