Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Berry Introduces Pharmacy Relief Bill

Last night my colleague Walter Jones (R-NC) and I introduced H.R.5182, the Fair and Speedy Treatment (FAST) of Claims Act of 2006, which would give pharmacists some relief from the Administration's Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. Our bill would protect pharmacists from going out of business by ensuring timely reimbursement and claims processing, and save taxpayers an average of $94 for every generic prescription dispensed.

The Medicare prescription drug benefit placed an overwhelming and unnecessary burden on our pharmacists. This legislation will not only ensure pharmacists get reimbursed in a timely manner, but will save taxpayers billions of dollars in excessive drug costs. The current leadership forced this expensive and complicated benefit on the American people and must enact some commonsense reforms to provide relief.

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