R.Ph.s want Part D improvements, polls finds

May 1, 2006

Medicare Part D needs moderate to major improvements to besuccessful, according to 88% of the 5,859 pharmacists who respondedto an on-line survey in late March by the National Council of StatePharmacy Association Executives. The poll also found that 60% ofthe respondents said Part D is having a negative impact on theirbusiness or could force them to close and more than 50% stillreported at least five Part D-related problems every day, half ofwhich required more than 20 minutes of R.Ph. time to resolve.

Medicare Part D needs moderate to major improvements to be successful, according to 88% of the 5,859 pharmacists who responded to an on-line survey in late March by the National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives. The poll also found that 60% of the respondents said Part D is having a negative impact on their business or could force them to close and more than 50% still reported at least five Part D-related problems every day, half of which required more than 20 minutes of R.Ph. time to resolve. CMS claimed the survey design elicited negative answers and diminished its value. The survey is on-line at http://www.ncspae.org/.

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