ALEXANDRIA, Va. A group that represents that nation's independent pharmacies have provided recommendations for a new law that will change the monthly dispensing cycle of prescription drugs to long-term care facilities in an effort to reduce pharmaceutical waste.
In a letter sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Community Pharmacists Association stated four recommendations that will ease the financial burden and logistical hardships that community pharmacies will face, NCPA said.
"Pharmacists share the important goal of reducing pharmaceutical waste," said Bruce Roberts, NCPA EVP and CEO. "But CMS must address the real concerns independent community pharmacies have with proposed long-term care prescription drug dispensing changes. Without examining how effective more frequent dispensing will be, providing more resources in a prompt fashion, creating a workable transition time period, and exempting smaller and rural independent community pharmacies, the change will likely be very disruptive. This is an example where the law of unintended consequences can be anticipated well in advance. We hope CMS is prudent in the policy that is implemented."
The recommended changes include:
"Approximately 7,000 independent community pharmacies service the long-term care market, but without a more common-sense approach to limiting pharmaceutical waste their participation levels might have to drop in order to maintain financial viability," added Roberts.