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Don’t Let Pharmacy Benefit Managers Reduce Patient Access to Pharmacy Care

This past spring, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law bipartisan legislation, H.F. 2297, that provides the state’s Insurance Commissioner with greater authority to oversee pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and to ensure that their practices don’t result in the closure of more community pharmacies in rural and underserved areas. Unfortunately, a trade group for PBMs…

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Programs & Services Offered by Drug Stores Are Successful in Meeting the Needs of the Public

During the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Total Store Expo this month, President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, emphasized the success drug stores are having in terms of the growing programs and services offered to meet the public’s needs – as both consumers and patients. Describing this time as a “renaissance of…

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Increasing Access Is Key to Improving Vaccination Rates in Ohio

Dr. Teresa C. Long, Health Commissioner for the City of Columbus, notes that improving vaccination rates in Ohio doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, legislation introduced late last year – HB 394 – could help achieve this by allowing pharmacists to administer all CDC-recommended vaccines to patients ages 7 and older. In Ohio, where…

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It’s Time to Expand Pharmacist-Provided Vaccines in Florida

It’s simple: children, teenagers, adults, and seniors all need vaccinations at various stages throughout their lives; yet convenient access can oftentimes pose a barrier to individuals receiving these vaccinations in a timely manner – if they get them at all. In Florida, State Representative Dr. Cary Pigman, wants to improve access to vaccines by changing…