Alexandria, Va. - Jan. 10, 2012
With the fiscal year 2013 federal budget process set to start with the President's budget proposal to Congress in February, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has sent a letter offering the White House and lawmakers ideas to cut the deficit without compromising patients' access to their pharmacy of choice or harming local small businesses.
"By adopting these suggestions, we believe that the goals of cutting waste in the various federal health care programs, preserving crucial patient access to care, and fostering the ability of small business community pharmacies to provide such care, can be achieved," NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA said. "Independent community pharmacies are important providers to federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Careless program cuts in these areas could hinder patient access, decrease local tax revenue and eliminate jobs in communities across the United States."
NCPA's letter, available in its entirety here, made the following recommendations:
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. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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