Archive for April, 2011

Can Long-Term Care Services Help Your Independent Pharmacy Stand Out from the Competition?

By Bill Popomaronis, RPh

You probably know by now that another major, independent consumer survey just affirmed that, given a choice, consumers prefer going to independent community pharmacies for their prescriptions.

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Yet Another Slanted Attempt to Promote Mail Order Pharmacies

By John Norton

Several publications have run what appears to be a mail order pharmacy advertisement, masquerading as a news story, entitled “A Pharmacy in Your Mailbox,” It lists five reasons why patients should use mail order pharmacies to fill prescriptions for maintenance medications – 90-day supplies of drugs for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc. But as many consumers and health plans have discovered, mail order is not for everyone.

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Express Scripts Report Puts PBM Mail Order Profits Ahead of Patients, Health Plan Sponsors

The Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) 2010 Drug Trend Report claims that the annual cost of “wasteful spending,” or what it considers suboptimal pharmacy-related behavior, is a staggering $403 billion.  Unfortunately, the company’s recommendations for dealing with this problem are exactly backward.

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