June 20, 2024


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Pharmacies say state’s team household plan could spell their doom

(WIVB) – Neighborhood pharmacies throughout New York say the state could place numerous of them out of business by slicing them off from point out-operate team households.

Operators say the condition is shifting the group house business enterprise to a national pharmacy retailer.

The condition business office for folks with developmental disabilities is earning the changeover.

Until a short while ago, group homes run by OPWDD were being authorized to obtain their prescription drugs from the closest or greatest pharmacy nearby- but now the condition looks to be narrowing individuals possibilities to a single firm.

Impartial pharmacies throughout New York — like Upstate Pharmacy in West Seneca — have been faithfully filling prescriptions and providing them to state-operated team households for yrs.

That modified in 2015, when the Office environment for Folks with Developmental Disabilities contracted with Omnicare, a nationwide chain owned by CVS.

“In 2019, the point out invited us to be on the identical contract as omnicare. so we did what ever we wanted to do as significantly as beefing up our insurances, complying with every thing that was on the contract,” Ted Kuzniarek, Upstate Pharmacy proprietor, said.

Kuzniarek explained to News 4 that when the contract with Omnicare expired previous year, the state did not place out a new bid, which could spell doom for the more compact impartial pharmacies.

“They said they would just have more than the vendors so that they did not have above any neighborhood providers, all they did was just swap them more than to Omnicare, with no any kind of warning or motive,” Kuzniarek explained.

Smaller sized vendors, this sort of as Patient’s Pharmacy in Jamestown, say the state’s adjust of rate will damage.

“We were being informed that the state only desired to use 1 pharmacy for all of their point out enterprise, and the selection was Omnicare,” stated Diane Mathews of Patient’s Pharmacy.

The independents say Omnicare is not providing the OPWDD the biggest bang for its bucks.

Patient’s Pharmacy covers a great deal of open territory across the Southern Tier, but Mathews claims Omnicare does not, and that shortchanges the group homes’ inhabitants.

“When they need to have, have an emergency they have to go to a CVS to get it mainly because they are so much absent,” Mathews mentioned.

An OPWDD spokesperson explained in an electronic mail that the Omnicare deal is necessary by point out finance legislation and has enhanced wellbeing results for people served by OPWDD.

Also, the centralized deal sellers meet up with the variety, functionality, and utility of OPWDD’s pharmaceutical purchasing wants. So significantly, Information 4 has not gotten a response from Omnicare.

Al Vaughters is an award-winning investigative reporter who has been component of the Information 4 crew considering that 1994. See additional of his work right here.