R.Ph.s bristle over state demands to post drug prices

December 13, 2004

In the belief that transparency creates competition and lowers costs, several states have created Web sites that post comparative retail drug prices. Consumer groups say this is a step in the right direction to make drugs more affordable, especially for the elderly and uninsured. But many pharmacists say it's a fool's errand by the states-prices change quickly and postings are rarely up to date. That leads to confusion and consumer anger more than to increased competition, say pharmacists.