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'Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW!' Urges the Federal Government to Oppose the Planned Merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions

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RECENTLY, TWO OF AMERICA'S LARGEST "PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGEMENT"-COMPANIES--"EXPRESS SCRIPTS" AND "MEDCO HEALTH SOLUTIONS"--ANNOUNCED A PLANNED MERGER.  "PRESERVE COMMUNITY PHARMACY ACCESS NOW!" IS A COALITION OF CONSUMERS, BUSINESSES, AND COMMUNITY-BASED PHARMACISTS THAT'S INFORMING BOTH THE PUBLIC AND POLICYMAKERS ABOUT WHAT IT SAYS ARE THE RISKS TO CONSUMERS THAT THIS MERGER WOULD CREATE.  FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN, EVA [LONG "E"; AS IN "EVE"] CLAYTON, IS THE CHAIR FOR "PRESERVE COMMUNITY PHARMACY ACCESS NOW!"...

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'PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGEMENT'-COMPANIES--AMERICA'S HEALTHCARE-SYSTEM'S MIDDLEMEN--ALREADY HAVE A POWERFUL AND UNFAIR ADVANTAGE, WHEN IT COMES TO SETTING PRESCRIPTION-MEDICINE PRICES AND REIMBURSEMENT-RATES FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PHARMACIES.  THE MERGER BETWEEN TWO OF THESE MIDDLEMEN--'EXPRESS SCRIPTS' AND 'MEDCO'--WILL CREATE A MEGA-'PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGEMENT'-COMPANY WITH EXCESSIVE CONTROL OVER THE HEALTHCARE OF TENS-OF-MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.  THIS MERGER WILL LIMIT OUR ACCESS TO--AND CHOICE OF--PHARMACIES.  AMERICANS ALREADY FACE ENOUGH CHALLENGES, INCLUDING RECEIVING EQUAL AND AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE--AND THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE FOR LOW-INCOME- AND MINORITY-AMERICANS.  CREATING A GIANT HEALTHCARE-SYSTEM MIDDLEMAN--BY MERGING 'EXPRESS SCRIPTS' AND 'MEDCO'--WILL HURT QUALITY, RAISE PRICES, AND LIMIT ACCESS TO OUR TRUSTED COMMUNITY-PHARMACISTS.  THIS IS SIMPLY NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF CONSUMERS, PATIENTS, OR HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA.  CONGRESS AND THE OBAMA-ADMINISTRATION MUST STAND UP FOR AMERICANS--AND OPPOSE THE 'EXPRESS SCRIPTS'/'MEDCO'-MERGER."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "PRESERVING-COMMUNITY-PHARMACY"-DOT-COM.



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