With Healthcare Middlemen Controlling Prescription Drug Prices, There’s a Better Model for Pharmacy Care

Date: 5 Apr 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There’s a small group of powerful companies, called pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, that increasingly controls the prices of prescription drugs. The results of this market power include higher costs, worse outcomes for patients, and diminishing competition. A new article in the American Prospect looks at the problem and what state and federal governments should do about it, including such solutions as North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law.… Read More

The Public Good Newsfeed – October 26, 2016: California Takes on Big Pharma, South Dakotans Take on the Political Establishment, and more…

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: California Takes on Big Pharma | South Dakotans Take on the Political Establishment | New Mexico Takes on Debtors’ Prisons California Takes on … Read More

In Big Win for Local Ownership, North Dakota Votes to Keep State’s Pharmacy Law

Date: 5 Nov 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At North Dakota polls on Tuesday, local ownership was the winner. The state voted overwhelmingly to keep its forward-thinking Pharmacy Ownership Law, defeating Measure 7, the Walmart-funded effort to overturn it. Final returns came in with 59 percent of the vote in favor of the law, the Fargo Forum reports.… Read More

Why North Dakotans Should Vote to Keep the State’s Unique Pharmacy Law this Election Day

Date: 3 Nov 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This Tuesday, North Dakota voters will decide the fate of the state’s Pharmacy Ownership Law. Those working against the law—namely Walmart, which has sunk more than $3 million into a front group called North Dakotans for Lower Pharmacy Prices—contend that abandoning the long-standing policy would lead to an increase in the number of pharmacies serving North Dakota. Our research suggests just the opposite.… Read More

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

Date: 20 Oct 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What a difference local ownership makes. Under a forward-thinking 1963 law, North Dakota does not allow chains to operate pharmacies. Instead, virtually all of the state’s 171 pharmacies are locally owned and independent. In this data-driven study, ILSR 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. … Read More

The Benefits of North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law

Date: 26 Jan 2009 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A unique law in North Dakota requires that pharmacies be owned by pharmacists, which means that almost all pharmacies in the state are independently owned. This report finds that, thanks to the law, North Dakota outperforms other states on key measures of pharmacy service, including the number of pharmacies serving rural areas and average prescription prices.… Read More

Independent Pharmacists Fight Discriminatory Health Plans

Date: 1 Nov 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Pennsylvania pharmacists are up in arms over a new health plan for state workers that bars them from filling prescriptions at locally owned drugstores, requiring instead that they use Rite Aid or a mail order service. The plan is run by a pharmacy benefit management company (PBM), which the state says will reduce costs by negotiating lower drug prices. In exchange, employees must accept restrictions on where they fill their prescriptions. … Read More

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