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

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Public sentiment is clearly against mandatory mail order plans. In recent years New York and Pennsylvania enacted laws giving many patients the ability to transfer prescriptions from mail order to a local pharmacy that agrees to accept the same pricing terms and conditions. NCPA will continue to advocate for prescription plan designs that offer patients a choice in pharmacy and that allow patients to select pharmacy providers that best suit their individual needs.

About the Survey: The survey was conducted by MENTORx on behalf of the National Community Pharmacists Association to survey the attitudes of Medicare-eligible Americans toward the implementation of mandatory mail-order pharmacy services in their prescription benefit plans. The survey was mailed to a random sample of 6,500 Medicare beneficiaries and results are based on the 669 completed surveys returned during the data collection period of November-December 2012. The average age for respondents was 72.4 with women submitting 57% of the completed surveys. Overall, the returned surveys represent 644 Zip codes in 43 states.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.5 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com/.


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