E-pedigree to cost $100K, according to CCPA study

Pharmacy groups argue that implementing e-pedigree could cost more than $100,000 for pharmacies to implement.

Federaly mandated electronic pedigree legislation could cost retail pharmacists more than $100,000 in the first year alone, according to an analysis released by the Coalition of Community Pharmacy. CCPA was formed by the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The cost estimates for e-pedigree take into account expenses for full implementation of hardware/software, infrastructure, implementation resource costs as well as additional labor costs for operating a track and trace system. "This study provides important perspective for policymakers at the federal and state levels, as they consider policy options for safeguarding the drug supply," said Steven Anderson, president and CEO of NACDS.

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