Prices for the top 25 generic and 25 brand-name drugs are lower at preferred pharmacies, 49 of 50 drugs in a CMS study have lower average prices at preferred pharmacies, and prices are 3% lower for brand-name drugs and 11% lower for generics at preferred pharmacies than at non-preferred pharmacies in Medicare Part D, according to CMS data. "While the lobbying arm of the independent pharmacy industry continues to criticize preferred pharmacy networks, the rest of the health-care industry has changed with the times," Edward Lawrence writes.

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