Alexandria, Va. - October 4, 2011
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today provided several recommendations to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in comments submitted to a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee holding a hearing on "Costs of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Medicare Part D Program."
"NCPA and its members remain committed to combating waste, fraud and abuse within federal health care programs, and stand at the ready to assist with these efforts," NCPA told the subcommittee. "It is important for Congress to also focus on the existing waste within and potential savings from how pharmacy benefit managers operate in the Medicare Part D program. In the end, NCPA seeks to partner with the federal government in the right way to generate health care savings, while providing high quality health care to our patients."
NCPA's comments offered the following recommendations to the federal government:
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