California pharmacists win court order

July 15, 2008

The lawsuit is one of three supported by pharmaceutical interests.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court in California has halted the 10% payment cuts for prescription drugs in the Medi-Cal program. The panel ordered a stop to payment cuts until at least August 11, and sent the case back to Federal District Court in Los Angeles.

The lawsuit is one of three supported by pharmaceutical interests including the California Pharmacists Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. "This is a victory for pharmacy and patients alike. Patients have experienced significant problems in getting lifesaving prescription medicines since the cuts went into effect?and the courts action will prevent additional patient harm," Lynn Rolston, CEO of the California Pharmacists Association, said.

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