Editor’s Note: NCPA invited our friends at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association to summarize their recent, successful 2011 Pharmacy Legislative Day. What follows is their account, which serves as a compelling reminder of the importance of grassroots activity by community pharmacists. Take advantage of these opportunities, including the upcoming NCPA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
Archive for May, 2011
Tags: legislation, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, pharmacy benefit managers, student
New MTM Survey Finds Great Potential Remains for Medication Therapy Management to Help Patients and Reduce Costs, but More Adoption Needed by Health Insurance PlansPublished May 6, 2011 MTM Leave a Comment
Tags: medication therapy management
NCPA recently asked community pharmacists to share their thoughts on the current state of medication therapy management (MTM) in their pharmacy practice. In sum, most pharmacists reported that they are doing MTM cases and receive positive feedback from patients, yet the eligibility requirements are too stringent for this service to reach its full potential for cost savings and better health.
Community Pharmacies Reducing Costs through Generic Drug Use; Mail Order Pharmacies Continue to Lag BehindPublished May 5, 2011 mail order 2 Comments
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Local pharmacists are consistently cutting costs for patients, employers and other health plan sponsors by maximizing the use of less-expensive generic drugs, where appropriate. By contrast, mail order pharmacies owned by major pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) dispense generics 10 to 13 percent less frequently, according to their own data. New PBM arguments to explain away that gap simply don’t add up.