New Alabama law gives more freedom to pharmacies


A NEW LAW COULD HELP YOU SAVE MONEY NEXT TIME YOU’RE AT THE PHARMACY. UNDER THE LAW YOU’RE ALLOWED TO ASK A PHARMACIST ABOUT CHEAP PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES AND THEY’RE NOW ALLOWED TO TELL YOU. STATE CAPITOL REPORTER RESHAD HUDSON HAS MORE… RESHAD: I SPOKE WITH A PHARMACIST ABOUT THEIR ATTEMPT TO HELP CUSTOMERS SAVE MONEY, PRIOR TO THIS LAW THEY SIMPLY WEREN’T ALLOWED. WE ALL KNOW PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PRICES CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE. NAT POP ” SCANNER” ASHISH PATEL IS A PHARMACIST AT IKARE PHARMACY– HE SAYS BEING AN INDEPENDENT PHARMACY ALLOWS HIM MORE FIXABLE WITH HELPING COSTUMERS SAVE MONEY. Ashish Patel, IKare Pharmacy “If someone comes in and they don’t have any insurance, we try our best to help them out with the prices” THAT IS JUST ONE OF THE METHODS HE USED TO HELP HIS COSTUMERS SAVE. Ashish Patel “We like to go an extra step take care of our costumer, because if they take the medication and get the benefit out of it then we have done our part as a pharmacy” BILL ELAY WHO REPRESENTS THE INTEREST OF PHARMACIES IN ALABAMA HELPED PUSH FOR A NEW LAW TO REMOVE THE GAG ORDER ON DRUG PRICES. Bill Eley, APCI “My mantra is about main street not wall street” ANOTHER THING THE LAW DOES IS MAKE PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS– WHO CONTROL PHARMACIES MORE ACCOUNTABLE. Bill Eley “There are three pharmacy benefit managers (PBM’s) that control 80 percent of the market and one of them owns it’s own chain and they set the price. It’s like Burger King setting McDonald’s hamburger prices. they’re setting the prices for the competitors” RESHAD: THE REGULATORY BILL HAS ALREADY BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW AND WENT INTO AFFECT IMMEDIATELY. REPORTING IN MONTGOMERY RESHAD HUDSON…>PEOPLE LIVING IN ONE BALDWIN COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD ARE ON GUARD, AFTER A MAN WAS ATTACKED BY A RABID FOX OVER THE

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