McMorris Rodgers Bill Would Promote Patient Choice, Reduce Wasteful Spending, and Scale Back Abusive Pharmacy Audits
Alexandria, Va. - May 24, 2011
The National Community Pharmacists Association today endorsed the Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2011, H.R. 1971, which would protect patients' ability to go to the pharmacy of their choice, eliminate needless pharmaceutical spending and allow legitimate anti-fraud oversight, while avoiding abusive pharmacy audits.
"This bipartisan legislation would implement some badly needed reforms to give consumers new rights, reduce wasteful pharmaceutical spending and level the pharmacy playing field," said Robert Greenwood, RPh, NCPA President and Waterloo, Iowa pharmacy owner.
Introduced by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), H.R. 1971 would:
While having some similar provisions to the PBM Audit Reform and Transparency Act of 2010 (H.R. 5234) introduced in the last Congress, the bill's sponsors made some adjustments as well. For example, there is no requirement that pharmacies receive a 15-day notice before an audit and the lawmakers clarified that the "any willing provider" language does not apply to any pharmacy that has been excluded from a federal or state program.
"We strongly commend Representative McMorris Rodgers for sponsoring this bipartisan bill," Greenwood added. "As we meet in Washington this week for our annual Legislative Conference, local pharmacists will urge all Members of Congress to stand up for patients and small business by supporting this legislation."
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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