Pharmacy Groups Applaud Bipartisan Effort for DIR Relief

National pharmacy organizations applauded the bipartisan Congressional focus on closing the DIR loophole in the recent Medicare rule.  Last week, 105 members of the House of Representatives sent the Trump Administration a letter, and 28 senators sent a similar letter.  NASPA, along with National Community Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, American Pharmacists Association, Food Marketing Institute, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and others stated:

“We appreciate this strong and bipartisan demonstration that DIR fee relief is needed now, to deliver savings to patients and to the Medicare program, and for the viability of pharmacies. It is essential that this powerful statement is translated into action on DIR relief this year, through Executive Branch action, through inclusion in drug-pricing legislation, or both. Reform is needed to address the gaming of the system through DIR fees, and to work toward pharmacy-specific metrics to enhance patient outcomes and appropriately evaluate pharmacy
performance.”

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