Articles

Pharmacists are ready to help as infectious disease outbreaks sweep the nation – APhA
October 9, 2014

Pharmacy Bill Has Many Benefits – Albany Times Union
September 26, 2011
The state Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly passed the anti-mandatory mail order prescription bill (5502-B) for good reason: It helps restore the patient’s choice of pharmacy and supports local jobs and economies.

Are PBH’s Glory Days Over? – CNBC
September 16, 2011

Medco and Express Scripts: Could this merger put your business at risk? – Drug Topics
September 15, 2011
The proposed acquisition of Medco Health Solutions by Express Scripts Inc. (ESI) has generated more headlines than agreement. Medco and ESI love the deal. Retail pharmacy wants to scuttle it.

Independent Pharmacies Struggle – Oregon Business
August 2011
Bob Coulter, an independent pharmacist in La Grande, is bucking industry trends. Between 2009 and May 2011, the number of independently owned pharmacies in Oregon dropped from 161 to 97.

Drug Prices to Plummet as Expiring Patents Allow Generic Competition – Associated Press
July 25, 2011
The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet. The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world’s 20 best-selling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix.

Pressure Grows to Unwind CVS Merger – New York Times
April 14, 2011
CVS Caremark is coming under increasing pressure from consumer groups and shareholders to split up, at the same time that federal and state regulators are looking into accusations of anticompetitive behavior by the merged company. The four-year-old merger of the drugstore chain and the pharmacy benefit manager is the subject of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and a multistate inquiry by the attorneys general of 24 states, according to earlier disclosures by CVS Caremark.

Pharmacists Fight the Rise of Mail Order – New York Times
March 3, 2011
A fierce battle is being waged between retail pharmacists and mail-order companies over where people should be able to fill their long-termprescriptions. Community pharmacists in New York are lobbying state lawmakers to pass legislation that would prevent health plans from requiring patients taking medications for chronic ailments to fill their prescriptions through the mail.

Bill Seeks Transparency in Employee’s Health Program – Washington Post
February 24, 2010
With federal employees spending more than $10 billion a year on prescriptions, they might expect that their buying power would result in significant savings. But apparently that is not the case — or, if it is, no one really knows, because the system that the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program uses to buy drugs is clouded with unknowns.