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Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 23, 2014

Pharmacy Ownership Law — North Dakota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-ownership-laws/2832-2/

A forward-thinking policy choice, the Pharmacy Ownership Law, gives North Dakotans pharmacy care that outperforms care in other states on every key measure, from cost to access. In North Dakota, prescription drug prices are more affordable than in two-thirds of all states. Pharmacies are more plentiful, with more per capita than in neighboring South Dakota, Minnesota, or nationally, and they’re more broadly distributed; North Dakota’s rural areas are 51 percent more likely to contain a pharmacy than similarly-populated areas of South Dakota. And in general, independent pharmacies provide higher quality care, studies and surveys of customer satisfaction find. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Pharmacy Ownership Laws — Europe

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-ownership-laws/2833-2/

Many European countries employ Pharmacy Ownership Laws to ensure quality medical care. Sixteen E.U. member states regulate pharmacy establishment, and 13 of them have Pharmacy Ownership Laws that require pharmacists hold the majority stake in pharmacies. Continue reading

Chart: Share of Census Tracks Served By Pharmacies
Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2014

Charts: How North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Benefits the State

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/charts-north-dakotas-pharmacy-ownership-law-benefits-state/

  Thanks in large part to its Pharmacy Ownership Law, North Dakota outperforms neighboring states and the U.S. as whole on every key measure of pharmacy care.  For more details on the law and its impact, see our 2014 report, North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law: Ensuring Access, Competitive Prices, and Quality Care. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2014

Report: North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Leads to Better Pharmacy Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/report-pharmacy-ownership-law/

What a difference local ownership makes. Under a forward-thinking 1963 law, North Dakota does not allow chains to operate pharmacies. Instead of Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies, North Dakotans go to 171 independent and locally owned pharmacies across the state for their prescriptions. That may soon change though: Walmart is bankrolling — to the tune of $2.7 million — a campaign to pass a ballot measure on November 4th that would overturn the law. That’s more per person that Obama spent in the 2012 general election. Weighing into the debate, ILSR this week released a data-driven study that finds that North Dakotans receive significantly better pharmacy care by every measure, from some of the lowest drug prices in the nation to unparalleled access, particularly in rural areas. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 14 Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2012

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell’s TEDx Talk

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ted/

In this TEDx talk, delivered on October 20, 2012 at TEDxDirigo‘s Villages conference at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine,  conference, ILSR Senior Researcher Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there’s been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues: “As remarkable… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2009

The Benefits of North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/benefits-north-dakotas-pharmacy-ownership-law/

A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) concludes that repealing North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law would cost the state millions of dollars in annual economic activity and tax revenue, dramatically reduce the number of pharmacies serving rural areas, and degrade the overall quality of pharmacy services in the state. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2009

North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Pays Back

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/north-dakota-pharmacy-ownership-release/

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Justin Dahlheimer Tel. 612-276-3456 Email: jdahlheimer@ilsr.org Minneapolis, Minn. – (January 26, 2009). A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) concludes that repealing North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law would cost the state millions of dollars in annual economic activity and tax revenue, dramatically reduce the number of… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2008

Drug Benefit Equity Law – Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-equity-laws/2208-2/

Illinois enacted an HMO reform bill in 1999 that includes a provision barring health insurers from favoring certain types of pharmacies (e.g., mail order) over others (e.g., independent retail pharmacies). Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2008

Pharmacy Equity Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-equity-laws/

Mail order pharmacy companies are expanding rapidly and capturing an ever larger share of prescription drug sales. The growth in mail order has little to do with consumer preferences, but is driven instead by pharmacy benefit management companies, which manage prescription benefits for health insurers and often use economic incentives to coerce consumers into using a mail order pharmacy. State and federal policy initiatives aim to level the playing field. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2006

Wal-Mart Generics Mislead Consumers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmart-generics-mislead-consumers/

Contrary to common perception, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates independent pharmacies, not Wal-Mart or other chains, usually provide the best value. Continue reading