by Duluth News Tribune
November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Grand Rapids pharmacist Mike Brandt is so alarmed by the proposed merger between two major pharmacy-benefit managers that he took his case to Washington.
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Cry me a river. Maybe retail prescriptions would be a little less expensive if pharmacists didn’t make $100,000 a year. Just like dentists who don’t want trained, capable, licensed Dental Health Aides to do checkups in remote areas, pharmacists are afraid their gravy train might come to an end.
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Do you have any idea how much money is made on a prescription? Do you know that often times, the pharmacy loses money on a brand name prescription? Do you know that many pharmacists have to go through 8 years of schooling? Ignorance is bliss, I guess.
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So because pharmacies lose money on some prescriptions they should pay their pharmacists more? I’m not seeing your logic here.
And I get that pharmacists go to school for 8 years… that’s why they don’t want competition from others who could do their jobs just as well and more efficiently.
And of course no one “has to” go through 8 years of schooling. It was their choice so they could work in a highly paid field.
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You’re the one that brought up the cost of prescriptions…I simply explained that the cost isn’t as high as you think, and that pharmacies aren’t turning a ridiculously huge profit off of prescriptions. They make their money on over the counter items.
This merger has nothing to do with pharmacists having “competition”, and everything to do with reimbursement rates. Pharmacists still must check all prescriptions coming out of mail order facilities. I don’t understand where you think the jobs are going to go. If mail order becomes more popular and retail outlets less popular, labor will shift from retail to mail order.
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I sense an occupier.
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Mark, Who do you think people should buy their prescription from, someone that’s trained medically and knows what they’re doing or someone making $7.00 an hour and could care less what they give you? As in ooops my bad he’s dead.
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All health insurance companies have some type of RX coverage. The actual company the is the “interface” then negotiates a contract with the pharmacy. Example: UCare uses Express Script for their RX coverage company. When Express Script tried to negotiate a new (2012)contract with Walgreens, they wanted a higher percentage than they presently have and wanted Walgreens to take a lower percentage. Since they could not agree, they basically laughed at Walgreens and said bye-bye. This means that Walgreens is not an allowed medication provider, if your health plan uses Express Script. You have to change health plans to get your medication at Walgreens. Working for company, you might not have that option. Proximity to your pharmacy might be ideal to you, be not now. The Script type companies will force you to give your money to the pharmacy of THEIR choice….Not yours. While they get a higher percentage of profits. A”m against the merger, BIG TIME!!! Regardless of your RX provider, watch all your costs go up, if they allow this merger.
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Call me crazy but I only clicked not the article because of the mug shot.
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To the Marks in the world the article is not about pharmacists salaries. The article ia about the consumer loosing their choice of where they want to go, and the end of the locally owned drug store. It will be a sad day for the health care consumer when they are told where they have to get their medicines.
We are almost there folks. Quick someone name two locally owned pharmacies in Duluth
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First off, I want to apologize for the typo’s in my previous post. I have some serious health issues and did not proofread it properly. Please forgive me. Secondly, I had a call from my local Walgreens manager. He knows of the Express Scripts and Walgreens issues, especially when dealing through UCare. He said that Walgreens is trying to work out something directly with UCare. If they can work out a direct deal, it could work out better for all concerned. Though Express Scripts makes contracts with the suppliers to get quantity pricing, by cutting out the middle man, it would seem to me that prices would also have to be lower, the same or slightly higher percentage for Walgreens and the same or lower prices to the customer. Just my honest opinion, mind you.
Speaking of locally owned, how many in the whole state?
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