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FLORIDA PHARMACY ASSOCIATION FILES SUIT AGAINST STATE

 FLORIDA PHARMACY ASSOCIATION FILES SUIT AGAINST STATE
 TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida Pharmacy


Association has announced that it has filed suit in the Circuit Court of Leon County against the State of Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. The suit seeks an injunction against the implementation of the state's emergency rule requiring a $1.00 co-pay on all prescriptions from medicaid recipients. The suit was filed on behalf of the association's 2,500 members and 400 independent pharmacy owners.
 The emergency rule does not permit denial of a prescription based upon a recipient's ability to pay the $1.00. If the co-pay cannot be collected, the pharmacist must pay out of their own pocket.
 "The decision to litigate the Medicaid co-pay issue was made because we categorically protest the manner in which the state has imposed and seeks to implement the co-pay in the Medicaid program," stated Betty J. Harris, president of the FPA. "We believe that it is not only inappropriate and unfair, but, in light of present law, is unlawful in that it reduces the pharmacist's reimbursement level in those cases where the recipient fails to or refuses to pay the co-pay."
 Ken Tuell, co-complainant in the lawsuit, and a Tallahassee pharmacist and co-owner of several pharmacies, states, "Although the $1.00 co-pay seems like a small amount, in fact, it could cost me as much as $40,000 per year." Wilmoth H. Baker, the other co- complainant, owner of Tallahassee based Baker's Pharmacy attributes 50 percent of his business to Medicaid patients.
 The Florida Pharmacy Association, headquartered in Tallahassee, is the largest organization of pharmacists in Florida, representing more than 3,000 members.
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 /CONTACT: Rod Presnell of the Florida Pharmacy Association, 904-222-2400/ CO: Florida Pharmacy Association ST: Florida IN: SU:


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