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PCMA: Drugstore Lobby's Bill Would Raise Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Wasteful Spending
Date:5/9/2013

published by NHCAA also raised serious questions about the kind of legislative proposals promoted by the independent drugstore lobby. Specifically, NHCAA supports measures that would "protect the integrity of health care audits by giving auditors more discretion and flexibility to perform their duties" and notes that "on-site audits have revealed indications of fraud such as nonexistent pharmacies, unexplained stockpiles of controlled substances, mismatches between inventories and prescriptions and other discrepancies."

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also shows that independent drugstores are part of a successful and growing industry.  This information undermines the independent drugstore lobby's agenda for government mandates to protect them from competition. 

According to BLS (as reported in Drug Channels):

  • In 2012, average gross salary for pharmacists at retail, mail, and specialty pharmacies was $117,000, up 2.6% from 2011.
  • The average pharmacist salary grew faster than that of the average healthcare worker. In 2012, pharmacist salaries grew by 2.7% (range: 2.0% to 3.8%).  By comparison, salaries for all health care works grew by only 1.1% in 2012.

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 215 million Americans.

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