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SOURCE Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Survey of Specialists Stirs Safety Concerns of "Any Willing Specialty Pharmacy" Mandates
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new national survey released today by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) finds physicians are highly satisfied with their specialty pharmacies, but are skeptical that most drugstores have the "expertise and capability" to provide the same medications to patients. Only 5 percent believe "all" drugstores are qualified to do so, according to the survey.
Some state legislatures are considering new "Any Willing Specialty Pharmacy" mandates that would force employers to contract with any drugstore that wants to dispense complex specialty medications, regardless of its qualifications. This has been a top legislative priority of the drugstore lobby.
"When it comes to providing drug benefits to those with chronic illnesses, patient safety is the top priority. It's wrong to make employer and union health plans contract with drugstores that may not be qualified to dispense complex biologic medicines," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.
North Star Opinion Research conducted the national survey of 500 physicians in the rheumatology, nephrology, infectious disease, oncology, and neurology specialties who prescribe specialty medications. Detailed results from the survey are below (and here):
PCMA represents the nation's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which improve affordability and quality of care through the use of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), generic alternatives, mail-service pharmacies, and other innovative tools for 216 million Americans.
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