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PCMA: California Medicaid Could Save $2 Billion, Avoid Drugstore Litigation by Modernizing Medicaid Pharmacy
Date:8/5/2011

ensed were generics, significantly less than the average 80% generic dispensing rate typical of Medicaid managed care plans.

* Polling finds voters would rather modernize Medicaid pharmacy than cut benefits for patients or payments to doctors and hospitals.
* Transitioning to a more efficient and affordable pharmacy benefit model would save states across the country billions without limiting access the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) announced in a new white paper, "Increasing the Cost-Effectiveness of Medicaid Drug Programs."
* Research shows California consumers have broad access to pharmacy choices in urban, suburban, and rural areas, as an average of 24 pharmacies are located and compete near independent pharmacies throughout the United States. The independent drugstore lobby's own economic report found that 400 new stores opened last year amidst what was a very profitable year for the industry despite the economic downturn.

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 200-plus million Americans.

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