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Mail-service and specialty pharmacies to save North Carolina $10.1 billion

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Mail-service and specialty pharmacies will save North Carolina consumers, employers and government health plans $10.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA).

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"Home delivery of prescription refills offers employers one of the easiest ways to reduce health costs and improve patient satisfaction," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt. "Policymakers should resist drugstore-lobby mandates that restrict employers' ability to choose home delivery."

The 90% satisfaction rate for mail-service pharmacies shows patients want the same, Amazon.com-style home delivery options in health care that they enjoy in the rest of the economy. Furthermore, high-tech specialty pharmacies play a critical patient-safety role because many traditional drugstores are not equipped to administer complex specialty medications.

Mail-service pharmacies will save an estimated $1.9 billion for consumers, employer

s, and other payers over the 10-year period 2015-24 Specialty pharmacies will save an estimated $8.2 billion for consumers, employers, and other payers over the 10-year period 2015-24.

Combined, mail-service and specialty pharmacies will save an estimated $10.1 billion for consumers, employers, and other payers over the 10-year period 2015-24.

A national survey of physicians who prescribe specialty medications found that just 5% believe that all drugstores "have the expertise and capability to provide the different types of specialty medications to patients."

In addition, a recent report on specialty pharmacies notes that "specialty drugs require a level of experience and expertise that most drugstores simply do not possess."


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