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Report: Community Drugstores Tied to Medication Waste
Date:5/6/2013

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As policymakers examine ways to reduce health care costs, a recent study finds that the vast majority of prescription medication waste in Medicare Part D occurs at local drugstores, not mail-service pharmacies.  Mail-service pharmacy prescriptions account for just 0.02% of "waste" in Medicare Part D, according to a study from Visante released by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA). 

As independent drugstore lobbyists descend on Capitol Hill, PCMA is also launching a new ad campaign that highlights how the National Community Pharmacists Association's agenda increases costs for consumers and payers.  

  • "The Independent Drugstore Lobby Agenda...More Wasteful Spending, Higher Prescription Drug Costs. It's No Joke." Click here to view the new ad.
  • "It's Not the Drugstore's Money" highlights how the drugstore lobby opposes letting seniors choose more affordable pharmacy options. Click here to view the new ad.

"Though policymakers want less spending and more accountability, the drugstore lobby plan would raise costs, reduce accountability, and trigger an avalanche of wasteful spending. That may be good for the drugstore lobby, but it's bad for the employers and government health programs that foot the bill," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt .

Major findings from the study—"Myths and Realities of Medication Waste in Medicare Part D"include:  

  • Less than 1% of all medications dispensed for Medicare beneficiaries are wasted.
  • More than two-thirds of medication wasted in Medicare is dispensed by drugstores.
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