Mail-service and specialty pharmacies to save North Carolina $10.1 billionStaff writer ▼ | February 20, 2015
Mail-service and specialty pharmacies will save North Carolina consumers, employers and government health plans $10.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA).
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The 90% satisfaction rate for mail-service pharmacies shows patients want the same, Amazon.com-style home delivery options in health care that they enjoy in the rest of the economy. Furthermore, high-tech specialty pharmacies play a critical patient-safety role because many traditional drugstores are not equipped to administer complex specialty medications.
Mail-service pharmacies will save an estimated $1.9 billion for consumers, employer
s, and other payers over the 10-year period 2015-24 Specialty pharmacies will save an estimated $8.2 billion for consumers, employers, and other payers over the 10-year period 2015-24.
Combined, mail-service and specialty pharmacies will save an estimated $10.1 billion for consumers, employers, and other payers over the 10-year period 2015-24.
A national survey of physicians who prescribe specialty medications found that just 5% believe that all drugstores "have the expertise and capability to provide the different types of specialty medications to patients."
In addition, a recent report on specialty pharmacies notes that "specialty drugs require a level of experience and expertise that most drugstores simply do not possess." ■