Magazine article Drug Topics

No Plans to Use Mail Order in Maryland's Rx Contract

Magazine article Drug Topics

No Plans to Use Mail Order in Maryland's Rx Contract

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In the wake of winning a two-year pharmacy benefit management (PBM) contract for Maryland State employees, PCS Health Systems officials told Drug Topics that there is no plan to introduce a mail-order pharmacy component to the benefit.

The use of mail order was not a part of the negotiations, said Rich Shinar, senior v.p. of sales at PCS. But it could arise as a possible component in the future, he added.

Shinar said that he was confident that when the new contract becomes effective on Jan. 1, 1997, the PBM's pharmacy network will remain in place pretty much as it is already. This will be the case even though, as reported by state officials, the reimbursement rate will be reduced from the current average wholesale price minus 8% plus $3.75 per prescription to AWP minus 13% plus $2.50 for brand-name drugs and AWP minus 59% plus $2.50 for generics.

There are more than 900 pharmacies in the proposed network. The pharmacies had to sign off on certificates regarding their willingness to work with a "variety" of networks, said Scott Bond, v. …

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