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  • New CMS Analysis Finds Mail-Service Pharmacies Offer Lower Prices than Retail in Medicare Part D

    At a time of great transition in health care, public and private payers are confronting anew the perennial challenges of how best to balance cost, access, and affordability.  In the pharmacy benefits arena, the widespread availability of more than 65,000 retail pharmacies – including chain …

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  • The Wide Variation in Generic Drug Prices at Pharmacies Increases Health Care Costs

    Affordability is a key feature of generic medications. However, recent studies have found cause for concern in the wide variation of generic drug prices at different retailers. A 2013 article by Consumer Reports reveals that there may be up to a 448% difference between the …

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  • Maine approves drug imports from international pharmacies

    As of October 2013, Maine became the first state to formally legalize prescription drug imports for all residents. Under the new law, Maine residents will be able to mail-order prescription drugs from accredited pharmacies in Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia, even though those …

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  • Putting the ‘Affordable’ in the Affordable Care Act

    The recent launch of enrollment into state health insurance marketplaces has focused all eyes on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its potential to reshape the American health care system.  We wanted to take the opportunity, if only briefly, to separate the ACA’s design from …

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  • OIG Audit of TRICARE Mail-Order Pharmacy Program Released

    A quick question for any private or public payer:  how do you lower pharmacy benefit costs by 16 percent while achieving beneficiary satisfaction rates averaging 96 percent?  Simple answer:  mail-order pharmacies. A newly released audit of the TRICARE Mail-Order Pharmacy program conducted by the Office …

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  • No Signs of the Apocalypse

    For decades, Americans have sought relief from scorching summer temperatures by taking refuge in the local Cineplex.  This summer is not any different, except perhaps that a large number of movies have focused seemingly on one theme.  With offerings like World War Z, Pacific Rim, …

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  • Preferred Pharmacy Networks Offer Deeper Discounts in Part D

    Pharmacy claim analyses usually don’t rate high on our reading list, but in this case we’ll make an exception.  CMS recently posted an analysis of Medicare Part D claims to compare negotiated prices available through preferred versus non-preferred pharmacy networks.   The upshot:   negotiated prices available …

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  • The Danger of Illegal Pharmacy Websites

    The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reported last week that, as part of an effort to champion drug safety for consumers, federal regulators and international law-enforcement agencies shut down more than 1,600 illegal online pharmacy websites. None of these rogue sites required prescriptions as part …

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  • Mississippi, You’re On My Mind

    New research by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts has found that the “U.S. wasted $418 billion in 2012 based on bad medication-related decisions, and the impact was most deeply felt in those states that could least afford it.” The Express Scripts analysis looked at pharmacy-related decisions …

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  • NCPA Endorses Bill to Increase Medicare Drug Costs

    With Medicare spending representing a massive and growing part of federal deficits, why would anyone want to increase Medicare costs?  But that’s just what new legislation backed by the National Community Pharmacists Association would do.  The bill, S. 867, introduced on May 6, 2013, by Senators …

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