State Plan Will Put Pharmacies Out Of Business
To The Editor:
As of Jan. 1, New York state retirees were switched from a state-sponsored plan to a Medicare Part D plan Silver Script. We had no inkling this was coming. This Silver Script plan pays the pharmacy no dispensing fee, only the cost of the drug, and in many cases less than the cost of the drug. The retirees not yet 65 had their plans changed as well. Common sense dictates that if you sells something at or below cost, you cannot survive. This action hurts all pharmacies in New York state. The only way to deal with this is to cut staff, advertising and charitable contributions. This will have a domino effect and more people will lose their jobs, and longer wait times will result at the pharmacy.
The objective of the state is to have people mail their prescriptions away, taking more business out of our area. What little money that is saved on the cost of the drugs is more than lost on administrative costs.
Last fall on drug take-back day in the U.S., over 1 million pounds of drugs were taken back through various police agencies. Over 75 percent of the drugs that were taken back were from mail order pharmacies. With this kind of waste, where is the savings?
We are asking state employees for help, not only for our pharmacy but for all pharmacies.
You can help by contacting the following people: State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, 330 Ford St., City Hall, Ogdensburg, N.Y., 13669, 393-3024; Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, 3 Remington Ave., Suite 1, Canton, N.Y., 13617, 386-2041.
Ask them to stop mandatory mail-order and give pharmacies a fair reimbursement for their services.
Kim and Rose Demers
Kimros Medicine Place