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PCMA: New Report Shows Drugstore Lobby Agenda Raises Rx Costs for Small Businesses, Government Programs
Date:3/20/2013

ongress and state legislatures should avoid well-meaning, but ill-conceived, regulations intended to protect consumers, which often have the opposite result. A better way to ensure desirable outcomes is to promote a competitive environment free of market distortions that favor one party over another."

Barriers to Lower Cost Dispensing Fees
Background: Dispensing fees paid to drugstores and pharmacists that are mandated and set by states are much higher than in commercial drugs plans. The average Medicaid dispensing fees range from $1.75 in New Hampshire to $10.64 in Alabama, averaging about $4.81 per prescription across the country.  By contrast, privately managed Medicare Part D plans negotiate fees with pharmacies of about $2 per prescription.

NCPA: "Dispensing fees in state-managed, conventional Medicaid plans are set by the state. State officials and state legislatures often yield to political pressure and set dispensing fees that are much higher than what private drugs plans could negotiate if allowed to do so. When the fees are set too high, taxpayers pay pharmacies more than they would in a competitive market."

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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