Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Payback time for pharmacists

Just one question: Do you think this could have anything to do with Congressman Green's opposition to allowing the reimportation of safe, affordable medicine from Canada -- something Gov. Jim Doyle championed nationally? Of course, that cuts into local pharmacy profits.

Or was it Green's vote to ban the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services from negotiating lower drug prices for the 40 million people on Medicare?

The big drug companies certainly like Green. Green has taken $60,837 in campaign contributions from pharmaceutical company PACs, lobbyists and employees.

And now this:

Pharmacists Endorse Mark Green for Governor

The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin's Board of Directors today announced its decision to endorse gubernatorial candidate Mark Green. The endorsement marks the first time in PSW's history that the organization has taken a position on Wisconsin's gubernatorial race.
At least consumers and voters can tell whose side he's on.


At 7:16 PM, Blogger badgervan said...

I just came from a local Walgreen's pharmacy. While I was waiting in line, the pharmacist brought a small bottle of pills up to the counter, where a young woman was waiting. He asked her if she had insurance, she said no. He said: "145 dollars", and I let out a snort of disgust. Turns out she needed that one month's supply of pills for her kid, and had to pay cash to get them. She looked like she could have used that 145 for food or rent. And that was just for one prescription - what if she had a few more to get filled inside of each month?
For Green to protect this massive screwing of the non-insured is immoral. Big surprise, right?

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Harry Walker said...

So, Green has the pharmacists and Doyle gets the seniors who buy their medicine from the pharmacists...Given the number of Grand Marquis sedans in pharmacy parking lots vs the number of drug stores...well, I'm guessing the voter math on this comes out in Doyle's favor.

At 10:42 PM, Blogger BoBoBloggerBoy said...

If you were a pharmacist wouldn't you want Green to win too. With Greens suppose, you can just refuse to do your damn job and chaulk it up as "against my religious conscience" and you are sitting pretty -- and paid.

At 10:42 PM, Blogger BoBoBloggerBoy said...

that should read -- With Green's support.

At 11:37 PM, Blogger It's Just Me said...

Not all pharmacists support Green. I support Doyle. But it really bothers me when people seem to blame high prescription prices on their neighborhood pharmacy. Most pharmacists clear less than $4 per prescription. The rest of the cost covers the price of the medicine. When the state is paying (Medicaid), the pharmacist usually gets back even less than they spent on the medicine in the first place. How long can you stay in business when you lose money on half of your transactions?

At 12:09 PM, Blogger badgervan said...

Until all health care professionals band together and demand change, nothing will get done. It has to be everyone, though.


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