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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...

Mar 25, 2014, 15:22 ET

New Legislation Could Increase Prescription Drug Costs Over $12 Billion For Florida Employers, Seniors, and Consumers

Legislation (HB 1001, HB 745, SB 1014 and SB 1354) being considered today by Florida lawmakers could increase prescription drug costs by more than...

Mar 10, 2014, 12:44 ET

New Study: Proposed Medicare Part D Rule Would Increase Medicare Costs $24 Billion, Hike Senior Premiums

A new actuarial study released by The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) examining the impact proposed changes to the Medicare...

Jan 09, 2014, 11:09 ET

PCMA Statement on New CMS Medicare Part D Proposed Rule

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) issued the following statement today on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services'...

Dec 19, 2013, 13:39 ET

PCMA: New Study Confirms $217 Billion in Savings from Generic Medications in 2012

PBMs are Key to Promoting Generics   Generic medications accounted for more than $1 trillion in overall savings during the last decade,...

Dec 12, 2013, 11:49 ET

New Physicians Survey: Most Drugstores Lack the 'Expertise and Capability' to Provide Specialty Medications

Survey of Specialists Stirs Safety Concerns of "Any Willing Specialty Pharmacy" Mandates A new national survey released today by the...

Dec 09, 2013, 12:18 ET

New Study: Medicare Preferred Pharmacy Network Plans Offer Lower Average Premiums, Same Quality as Non-Preferred Network Plans

Medicare prescription drug plans (PDPs) using preferred pharmacy networks have lower average premiums and the same or better average quality...

Dec 04, 2013, 11:14 ET

PCMA Launches New Ad Campaign: 'It's the Oklahoma Drugstore Lobby vs. Oklahoma's Employers'

New Regulations Could Increase Prescription Drug Costs $1.7 Billion  As the Oklahoma drugstore lobby launches new attacks seeking to...

Dec 03, 2013, 11:09 ET

PCMA: CMS Analysis Shows Mail-Service Pharmacies More Affordable Than Drugstores

Findings Undermine Drugstore Lobby Campaign for New Regulations on More Affordable Competitors A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Nov 14, 2013, 11:38 ET

PCMA: New Analysis Shows Florida Can Reduce Medicaid Pharmacy Waste by $2.1 Billion

National Center for Policy Analysis Urges Florida Policymakers to Reject Independent Drugstore Lobby Agenda   While Florida has made...

Nov 06, 2013, 07:50 ET

PCMA: New CCIIO Memo Pivots Away from HHS Letter on Third-Party Kickbacks in the Exchange

A new memorandum issued by the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) appears to pivot away from a recent letter from...