Posts Tagged 'Federal Trade Commission'

At NCPA’s Legislative Conference, Pharmacists to Stand Up for Their Patients, Their Practices

In two weeks hundreds of independent community pharmacists will convene in Washington for NCPA’s Legislative Conference meeting. Continue reading ‘At NCPA’s Legislative Conference, Pharmacists to Stand Up for Their Patients, Their Practices’

New FTC Commissioners Could Signal Greater PBM Oversight

By John Coster, RPh., Ph.D.

The U.S. Senate’s recent confirmation of two individuals – Julie Brill and Edith Ramirez – to serve on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) might presage more agency scrutiny of pharmacy benefit managers. Continue reading ‘New FTC Commissioners Could Signal Greater PBM Oversight’

New Cases Illustrate CVS Caremark Driving Up Costs for Patients, Health Plans

By Kevin Schweers

Since the 2007 merger of pharmacy retail giant CVS and pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) Caremark, community pharmacists have heard a drumbeat of complaints from patients accusing the combined company of deceptive practices, privacy violations and conduct resulting in higher health care costs. The problems led NCPA, the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices and the union-backed Change to Win coalition to seek a Federal Trade Commission investigation earlier this year. Continue reading ‘New Cases Illustrate CVS Caremark Driving Up Costs for Patients, Health Plans’

Some Community Pharmacists Cry Foul on CVS Caremark Discount Program

By Kevin Schweers

You may have missed an interesting column this week in the Journal newspaper of Winston-Salem, NC. In it, a local columnist examines questions raised by Dave Marley of Marley Drug about a discount program CVS Caremark is running and the local city council will consider the issue in January. Here are some key excerpts:

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CVS Caremark TV Exposé ; Community Pharmacies in the News

By Kevin Schweers

A leading Charlotte investigative TV reporter did a thorough and well-researched story on some of the problems resulting from the CVS Caremark merger. A Connecticut newspaper profiles a local community pharmacy’s challenges, such as mandatory mail order. Dallas County health officials work with local pharmacies to dispense H1N1 vaccine. Excerpts and links below:

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CVS Caremark Abuses Take No Break for H1N1 flu virus

By Douglas Hoey, RPh

The shortage of Tamiflu for children fighting the H1N1 (swine flu) virus led the drug’s manufacturer to ask pharmacists to compound the medicine until supplies improve. Rather than receiving the full, adult dose of Tamiflu, kids get the liquid version.

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