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Dec 16, 2014, 15:59 ET

PCMA: Is CMS' Study on Medicare Part D Preferred Pharmacies a Pretext for Major Changes?

A study released today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on preferred pharmacies in Medicare Part D should raise a new round...

Dec 11, 2014, 17:23 ET

PCMA: Lower Cost, Preferred Pharmacies Popular with Seniors in Medicare Part D

A recent analysis finds that almost nine out of 10 Medicare Part D prescription drug plans offered in the 2015 open enrollment season feature lower...

Dec 02, 2014, 16:58 ET

PCMA Statement on the 'Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act'

New legislation introduced today by U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott...

Nov 17, 2014, 09:51 ET

White Paper: How FDA Can Increase Competition Among Brand, Generic and Specialty Medications

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can enhance competition in the pharmaceutical marketplace, helping lower prescription drug costs, according...

Oct 30, 2014, 12:43 ET

PCMA: New NCPA Report Calls for "Lock-In" Pharmacy Program to Fight Medicare Fraud and Abuse

As policymakers examine ways to curb the prescription drug abuse epidemic, a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA),...

Oct 06, 2014, 11:56 ET

Survey: 9 in 10 Rural/Small Town Seniors have Convenient Access to Preferred Pharmacies in Medicare

A new survey conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) shows that nine in 10 seniors...

Sep 29, 2014, 13:57 ET

PCMA: How Congress Can Fight Prescription Drug Fraud and Abuse

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt today outlined policy solutions that could reduce prescription...

Sep 19, 2014, 16:32 ET

PCMA: New OIG Report Cites Drug Manufacturer "Copay Coupon" Use in Medicare Part D

"Copay coupons," a drug manufacturer marketing tactic often used to inflate sales of brand drugs among patients with...

Sep 10, 2014, 11:42 ET

New Research: Mail-Service and Specialty Pharmacies to Save Consumers, Employers, Unions and Public Programs $311 Billion

 Mail-service and specialty pharmacies will save consumers, employers, unions, and government plans a combined $311 billion over the next...

Sep 02, 2014, 17:05 ET

Lawsuit Challenges Iowa Health Mandate that Forces Employers to Pay More for Prescription Drugs

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), the national association representing America's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), today...

Aug 06, 2014, 15:02 ET

HHS-OIG Report: Pharmacy "Lock In" Programs Increase Patient Safety and Reduce Costs

A new report by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), "Part D Beneficiaries With Questionable Utilization Patterns...

Jul 31, 2014, 19:36 ET

PCMA: Medicare Part D 2015 Premiums Remain Flat

 According to data released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the 2015 average monthly Medicare Part D premium is...

Jul 29, 2014, 13:24 ET

New Milliman Study: Hepatitis C Drugs Could Increase Medicare Part D Spending by $2.9 to $5.8 Billion in 2015

New high priced hepatitis C drugs will increase federal spending in Medicare Part D by a projected $2.9 to $5.8 billion next year, according to a...

Jul 22, 2014, 12:59 ET

New Study: H.R. 4577 to Cost $21 Billion over 10 Years

Legislation backed by the drugstore lobby (H.R. 4577, "Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2014") championing so-called "any willing...

Jun 24, 2014, 12:26 ET

PCMA: Mail-Service and Specialty Pharmacies Will Save California Consumers, Employers, Unions, and Other Payers $1.8 Billion in 2015

Mail-service and specialty pharmacies will save California consumers, employers, unions, and government plans $1.8 billion on prescription drug...

Jun 11, 2014, 10:39 ET

PCMA Launches Ad Campaign in New York: 'I'm Not Willing to Send My Patients to Just Any Pharmacy'

 The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) today released a new ad campaign in New York — "I'm Not Willing to Send My...

May 20, 2014, 13:31 ET

PCMA Statement on Medicare Part D Rule

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt issued the following statement on the Centers for Medicare &...

May 07, 2014, 10:19 ET

PCMA Launches New Ad Campaign: 'Community Drugstore Owners Shouldn't Forget How the Other Half Lives'

As drugstore lobbyists descend on Capitol Hill this week, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) today released a new ad...

May 06, 2014, 12:20 ET

New Loophole Exempting Drugstores from Safety, Performance Standards Raises Serious Concerns

Legislation to exempt drugstores from certain safety and performance standards (S.3995-B and A.5723-B) raises patient safety concerns and,...

Apr 03, 2014, 11:20 ET

New Legislation Will Empower Independent Drugstores to Charge Employers and Consumers Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs

Legislation that (SB 1014) passed out of the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government would create new powers for...