Pharmacists Tell Hill Staffers the Facts on Prescriptions
Conlan, Michael F., Drug Topics
It's one thing for an independent pharmacy to lose a longtime customer to a health maintenance organization. But it's another when the customer returns with a prescription that she paid $29 for at the HMO when you've been charging her $49--just 10% above your acquisition cost--and you get accused of being a crook.
Calvin Anthony, owner of Tiger Drug Co. in Stillwater, Okla., shared that frustrating experience recently with a group of Congressional staffers who wanted to get a pharmacist-level view of Rx pricing.
Participating in the session with Anthony, president-elect of NARD, were Shirley McKee, a pharmacy zone coordinator for the Kroger Co. in Houston and a trustee-elect of the American Pharmaceutical Association, and Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, a pharmacist and economist who directs the PRIME Institute at the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy. The hour-long seminar was sponsored by Sen. David Pryor (D, Ark.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging.
Schondelmeyer provided a grim overview of pharmacy economics for the past two decades: average Rx prices up by 51%, while the pharmacist's net profit/Rx fell 36%. How can a pharmacy survive those numbers? "We all work a …
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Publication information: Article title: Pharmacists Tell Hill Staffers the Facts on Prescriptions. Contributors: Conlan, Michael F. - Author. Magazine title: Drug Topics. Volume: 137. Issue: 6 Publication date: March 22, 1993. Page number: 52. © Advanstar Communications, Inc. Jan 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.