Collins Advocates for Community Pharmacies and Patients in Letter to CMS

Jan 24, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) led a group of lawmakers in writing to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to express support for a proposed policy change that would prevent community and other pharmacies from being excluded from providing medicine and services through Medicare Part D. Pharmacy Benefit Managers have excluded community pharmacies from their networks by modifying the definition of retail and mail order pharmacy, steering patients to their own pharmacies, which are often more expensive and fail to provide comparable care.

The proposed policy change would update the definition in question to include many independent, community, and other retail pharmacies to ensure patients are able to access the best care possible.

The full text of the letter is below.