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A demonstration is planned today in Manhattan to protest against cuts in drug reimbursement that take effect on July 1.
To protest reimbursement cuts contained in the 2008-2009 budget, which are expected to take effect on July 1, New York pharmacists are planning to stage a demonstration before the Governor’s Manhattan office this morning. Spearheaded by the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, the New York City Pharmacists Society, and other groups, the event brings together a coalition of patients, healthcare advocates, and pharmacists under the banner of “Protect Pharmacy Patients.” The coalition is upset that pharmacies that serve Medicaid, EPIC, and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program throughout the state will face reimbursement cuts of up to 80%. As a result, many pharmacies will be unable to carry certain medications needed by patients who need help the most or they may have to close their doors altogether.