Drug Chain Takes Stand Against Mail Order

Published Online: Monday, March 1, 2004

North Carolina-based Kerr Drug is standing firm against pharmacy benefit plans that compel patient members to fill maintenance medications exclusively through mail-order pharmacies. All of Kerr?s 130 stores will no longer accept participation in any new plan requiring patients to exclusively order maintenance drugs via the mail. This decision, however, does not impact patients covered by prescription plans that already have this component in place.

"Mandatory mail order prevents patients, particularly the elderly, from personal interaction with their pharmacists of choice. They are the ones most likely to be on multiple medications. They are most likely to be confused by mail order. And they are the most likely to be harmed by forced participation in a mail-order plan," said Anthony N. Civello, Kerr Drug president and chief executive officer.

Latest Articles
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently updated the recommended interval between the 13-valeant pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the 23-valeant pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine in low-risk elderly patients.
Driving under the influence of prescription drugs may be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
Retrospective drug utilization review programs can reduce potentially unsafe concomitant opioid and central nervous system (CNS) medication use.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise for the first time since 2006, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Latest Issues