Nearly all retail pharmacies in Medicare Part D

June 25, 2007

According to a just-released study of Medicare Part D data from 2006, conducted by the Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General, 97% of retail pharmacies offer at least one Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

According to a just-released study of Medicare Part D data from 2006, conducted by the Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General, 97% of retail pharmacies offer at least one Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. In addition, 84% of participating chain pharmacies offered beneficiaries the choice of all available PDPs in their region. Only 44% of independent pharmacies offered the same selection. Even so, 97% of participating retail pharmacies offered beneficiaries the choice of at least half of the available PDPs in their area. The study found no major differences between rural and urban pharmacy participation. In its comments for the report, CMS reiterated its commitment to ensuring that Part D beneficiaries have access to retail pharmacies.

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