Georgia congressman advocates for community pharmacies


The proposed policy change would redefine the terms to include many independent, community and other retail pharmacies.   File photo

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) recently sought the help of a group of lawmakers in writing to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to express support for a proposed policy change that would prevent community and other pharmacies from being excluded from providing medicine and services through Medicare Part D.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers have succeeded in preventing community pharmacies from operating in their networks by limiting the definition of retail and mail order pharmacy. This leads patients to their own pharmacies, which are often more expensive and do not to provide comparable care.

The proposed policy change would redefine the terms to include many independent, community, and other retail pharmacies so that patients are able to access the best care possible.

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