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Meds and the Mail

Magazine article Drug Topics

Meds and the Mail

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Lawmakers push USPS for 6-day deliveries

Recently, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that it would be eliminating Saturday letter deliveries to save costs. Led by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, a bipartisan group of 88 lawmakers rallied to voice concerns about how this new schedule could affect those who need their medications delivered on a consistent basis.

In a letter sent to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, Congresswoman Duckworth and the lawmakers urged the USPS to continue delivering medications to Americans 6 days a week.

Recipients can't afford to wait

"Whether it is a homebound senior that cannot walk or drive to the pharmacy, or a veteran who lives in a rural area with limited access to the prescription drugs they need, all of these home-delivery beneficiaries cannot afford to go without their medications for days," the lawmakers wrote.

Donahoe has said that the USPS is losing $25 million every day. His plan would end Saturday letter delivery starting in August but preserve 6-day package delivery. When fully implemented, the limited schedule would save $2 billion annually, estimates indicate.

In the letter, the lawmakers asked for further clarification of the formal definition of a package, as well as which classes of services will be included in the Saturday delivery. …

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