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Restricting Access to Mail-Service Pharmacies Increases Prescription Drug Costs for New York Consumers, Employers, Unions
Date:3/24/2011

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York State Senate's budget includes a legislative proposal that would take away private and public sector payers' ability to provide lower cost home delivery options for chronic medications, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today.

"Everyone knows that mail-service pharmacies make prescriptions more affordable for consumers, employers, and unions," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt. "This proposal would enrich independent drugstores at the expense of patients and put New York in an even deeper budgetary hole than it is already in."

Home delivery of prescription medications is a benefit for consumers who appreciate the added convenience and access to private counseling from a trained clinician seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Numerous government and peer-reviewed studies have confirmed that mail-service pharmacies lower costs for consumers and payers, make far fewer errors, and increase medication adherence for those suffering from chronic conditions.

  • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO): In January 2003, the GAO examined the value provided by PBMs participating in the federal employees' health plan. For prescription drugs dispensed through mail-order pharmacies, the average mail-order price was about 27 percent below the average cash-price paid by consumers for a brand name at a retail pharmacy and 53 percent below the average cash-price paid for generic drugs.
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The FTC concluded in a 2005 report that PBM-owned mail-order pharmacies offer lower prices on prescription drugs than retail pharmacies and are very effective at capitalizing on opportunities to dispense generic medications.
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