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PCMA Supports Bipartisan E-Prescribing Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Posted on: 28 Feb 18

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) issued the following statement on bipartisan Senate companion legislation (Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act) to combat opioid abuse through the increased use of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) in Medicare Part D, introduced today by Senators Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Dean Heller (R-NV).

"E-prescribing for controlled substances helps ensure each prescription is written by a legitimate provider, and filled at a legitimate pharmacy," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt. "This solution attacks the opioid epidemic by preventing doctor shopping, drugstore shopping, and fraud."   

PCMA recently outlined a number of solutions to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that would help make certain people receive opioid prescriptions only when medically appropriate.

PCMA is the national association representing America's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs administer prescription drug plans for more than 266 million Americans who have health insurance from a variety of sponsors including: commercial health plans, self-insured employer plans, union plans, Medicare Part D plans, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), state government employee plans, Medicaid plans, and others.

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 28/02/2018

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