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Survey: Medicare Beneficiaries Oppose Mandatory Mail Drug Plans
Date:1/24/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seniors have serious concerns regarding mandatory mail order pharmacy requirements in prescription drug plans, according to a new national survey of 669 Medicare Part D beneficiaries released today by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

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Nearly two-thirds of seniors (63 percent) indicated they were fearful of losing access to the pharmacy of their choice if they were required to use mail order. In addition, a plurality of seniors expressed concerns about using mail order pharmacies, including running out of their medications; obtaining prescriptions in a timely manner; lost, stolen or damaged medications; and the ability to consult with a pharmacist they know and trust.

"Mail order is not for everyone. In fact, consumers have said that it's not for most people. Patients deserve a choice and they don't like being told which pharmacy they have to use," said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey , RPh, MBA. "The findings of this survey should be a significant red flag for policymakers. First, policymakers should oppose requirements or further inducements to steer patients to mail order pharmacies against their preference. Second, employers and other sponsors of private health plans that require the use of mail order should reconsider their prescription drug plan's design."

Hoey continued "denying seniors, many of whom are on complex medication regimens, the right to obtain medication from the pharmacy of their choice and from a pharmacist they trust deprives them of vital face-to-face consultation with one of their healthcare providers. Local pharmacists help to reduce medication
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