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PCMA: 88 U.S. Representatives Urge USPS to Preserve Six Day Delivery of Mail-Service Pharmacy
Date:2/13/2013

mers count on getting their prescriptions at the right time and often can't wait an additional two days, or even three days in the case of federal holidays that fall on a Monday," said Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt

Ninety-day home delivery is popular with patients because it is less expensive and more convenient than waiting in line at the drugstore each month. With mail-service pharmacies, patients can get private counseling over the phone from trained pharmacists seven days a week, 24-hours a day. 

According to a recent survey, eight-out-of-ten small businesses want to be able to continue offering discounts that encourage employees to use the more affordable mail-service pharmacy option and consumers who use home delivery are strongly satisfied with it.  In addition to greater convenience, mail-service pharmacies can save Medicare seniors, employers, unions, government employee plans, consumers, and other commercial-sector payers $46.6 billion in prescription drug costs over the next ten years, according to a recent study. Compared to brick-and-mortar drugstores, mail-service pharmacies offer deeper discounts and reduced copays. 

  • Mail-service pharmacies save Medicare seniors, consumers and payers an average of 15% on 90-day prescriptions compared to 90-day prescriptions obtained at brick-and-mortar drugstores.
  • Mail-service pharmacies save Medicare seniors, consumers and payers an average of $22 per 90-day prescription compared to the same prescription obtained at a drugstore.

Signees of the letter include:  Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), Elijah Cummings (MD-07), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), '/>"/>

SOURCE Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
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