Magazine article Drug Topics


Magazine article Drug Topics


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Proud while it lasts

On Oct. 9, 1996, Governor George Pataki of New York vetoed a bill, passed unanimously by the N.Y. State Senate and Assembly, that would have carved pharmacy out of an insurance managed care takeover of the Medicaid system. The immediate result will be the closing of at least 500 pharmacies across the state.

As soon as this bill was vetoed, every pharmacist in the state, whether independent, chain, or hospital, should have stopped filling all Medicaid prescriptions, sending the system into chaos and forcing the governor to deal with us as professionals on a fair and equitable level.

This, of course, did not happen, because independent New York pharmacists and our local and state organizations are under an old multimillion dollar injunction forbidding us to communicate with one another in order to form a class action against the state or anyone else (i.e., insurance companies).

Therefore, I am writing this letter in the hope that it will get published and read by enough people who can make a change.

One pharmacist can do nothing to affect change, but altogether we would be a force to be reckoned with. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, with its mandatory free counseling, is useless to the public if there are no pharmacies for the public to go to.

Finally, I have seen numerous articles that end with "name withheld." Not only do I want you to print my name, but I am going to borrow a phrase from one of my college professors who always added after his name POP (Proud of Pharmacy).

I will also, however, have to add WIL (While It Lasts). …

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