PCMA: Pharmacy bill hurts best cost-saving tools

02/19/2010 | Washington Daily News (N.C.)

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association says the Patient Health & Real Medication Access Cost Savings Act, commonly called the Pharmacy Bill, would "prohibit unions and employers from creating benefit designs that encourage generic utilization and other cost savings tools [and] adds new barriers to prevent consumers from using more convenient options like home delivery," the two best options for reducing health care costs. PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt said the bill doesn't work in today's economy. "[Companies] need to consider what's more affordable, not more expensive," he said.

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