"This new report runs counter to claims that independent drugstores need new legislation that protects them from competition," said Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt. "Independent drugstores are a successful, growing industry that should stop lobbying for new laws that force employers to pay them even more."
Key points from the "Best Jobs of 2012" report include:
-- Job prospects should be excellent in the years to come and the earnings
potential remains relatively high.
-- The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 25.4 percent employment growth
for pharmacists between 2010 and 2020, with the field adding 69,700 new
-- According to the Labor Department, the median annual salary for a
pharmacist was $111,570 in 2010.
Drugstores are expanding according to recent research from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). The report finds that 517 new drugstores have opened in the last two years while revenues increased by $1.1 billion last year alone.
As policymakers seek solutions to lower health spending, the independent drugstore lobby is pushing new laws that will help them raise prescription drug costs. These include:
-- Banning discounts that encourage employees to get their long-term
prescriptions by mail;
-- Banning aggressive audits of drugstores with suspicious billing
-- Banning prescription drug plans that automatically deliver refills to
-- Requiring prescription drug plans to include every drugstore in their
coverage network; and
-- Granting independent drugstores unprecedented anti-trust exemptions.
PCMA represents the nation's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which improve affordability and quality of care through the use of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), generic alternatives, mail-service pharmacies, and other innovative tools for 215 million Americans.
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