Alexandria, Va. - September 8, 2011
To cut the deficit, Congress should consider adopting common-sense reforms to reduce federal health care expenditures without compromising patients' access to their pharmacy of choice or harming local jobs, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) said in a letter to the leaders of the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
"We believe that significant savings can be found through simple reforms to programs like Medicare and Medicaid that will result in reduced drug costs for the federal government and consumers," said NCPA Executive Vice President and CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "Nothing can save the health system more money than the appropriate use of generic medications. Local pharmacists are leading the way on the proper use of these cost-cutting drugs. In addition, pharmacists, working with prescribers, can help improve the use of medications through counseling, adherence and medication therapy management programs. When the health benefits of medications are maximized then the likelihood of costly health complications will be reduced."
NCPA's letter, available in its entirety here, made the following recommendations to lawmakers:
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