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Pennsylvania bill may level the playing field.

PHILADELPHIA -- A proposed bill in Pennsylvania's Senate and House of Representatives is described as the booster shot that local pharmacies need to compete with mail-order prescription plans. The legislation allows individuals to have prescriptions filled by mail order or their community pharmacist for the same price, which proponents say will result in keeping billions of dollars in Pennsylvania and save tens of thousands of jobs throughout the state.

To inform consumers about this legislation, PARD, An Association of Independent, Community Pharmacies, has launched its "Prescription for Choice" campaign, and area pharmacies are offering materials highlighting the value of working with a local pharmacist.

"A decision as important as how to order your medicine shouldn't be left up to the insurance companies but rather firmly placed in the hands of the consumer," says Barry Jacobs, executive director of PARD. "Prescription for Choice is about putting the emphasis back on preference and convenience, rather than looking at the bottom line."

Through the Prescription for Choice campaign PARD is urging individuals to contact legislators to support House Bill 511 and Senate Bill 211, which backers say will level the playing field for locally owned pharmacies.

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Title Annotation:RX/Government
Publication:Chain Drug Review
Geographic Code:1U2PA
Date:Sep 26, 2011
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