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

ail-service pharmacies are typically used only after a patient has already been stabilized on several 30-day prescriptions dispensed by a local drugstore.
  • Waste related to mail-service "auto-refill" prescriptions accounts for just 0.02% of medication dispensed in Part D.
  • Mail-Service Pharmacies:
    Savings, Safety, and Increased Adherence

    "In our home districts, Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, VA and other beneficiaries currently rely on low cost delivery of prescription drugs to their doorstep. Whether it is a homebound senior that cannot walk or drive to the pharmacy, or a Veteran who lives in a rural area with limited access to the prescription drugs they need, all of these home delivery beneficiaries cannot afford to go without their medications for days. Nor should they have to obtain their medications through more costly delivery methods, which would only draw business away from the USPS and threaten its long term financial stability.

    "This growing population of home delivery prescription beneficiaries is not only good for the USPS and patients, but our government as a whole."

    • 88 U.S. Representatives Tout the Value of Mail-Service Pharmacies. In a recent letter to United States Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Donahoe , 88 members of the United States House of Representatives urged the Post Office to continue delivering medications six days a week and touted the benefits of mail-service pharmacies:
    • National Center for Policy Analysis. A new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis, "Unnecessary Regu
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