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Oregon Pharmacists Urge Lawmakers to Support Drug Price Transparency, Fair Audit and Patient Choice Legislation
Date:3/12/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oregon's community pharmacists have a prescription to keep more health care dollars within the state to support local jobs, while bringing more clarity to complex drug pricing practices and giving consumers greater choice of pharmacy.

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"As one of the country's most-trusted professionals, community pharmacists work with patients and doctors every day to promote the safe use of prescription drugs. Pharmacists help patients and those that sponsor health care plans, such as employers, get the maximum value out of their prescription drug benefit," said Michele Belcher , pharmacist and owner of Grants Pass Pharmacy in Grants Pass, Ore. Belcher also serves as Second Vice President of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). "This legislation will help prescription drug programs work more efficiently for employers, fairly for pharmacists and ensure more of Oregon health care dollars contribute to local jobs and small businesses."

Pharmacists are calling on state lawmakers to support three legislative proposals during the current session. There are 153 independent community pharmacies in Oregon, employing 1,600 citizens and generating over $586 million i
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