Remember When: The $4 generics battle was in full swing
Below-cost reimbursements still a concern
Fast forward to 2016. Low-cost generics have become a staple of pharmacies. And the issue remains a top concern of community pharmacists. A 2015 survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) listed below-cost reimbursements for some generics and Medicare drug plans that exclude community pharmacies as the top concerns of its members.
Earlier this year, Mississippi passed a law authorizing pharmacies to refuse to provide drugs or services if it is not paid more than acquisition cost. Those supporting the law, especially independent pharmacists, believe it will help them stay in business.
“An independent pharmacist is a small business owner. But he or she is also a healthcare provider,” said, Robert H. Dozier, executive director of the Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association. “At the end of the day, most pharmacists are going to take a loss instead of denying someone medication they need.”