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Hatch and mail order

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The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association and Merck-Medco have contacted Sen. Hatch's (R-Utah) office to discuss concerns about mail order pricing aired by Hatch during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Medicare drug coverage April 24. "I know of certain circumstances where it is significantly cheaper to get the 30-day prescription filled [at retail] than it is to order a three-month supply through a mail-order plan," Hatch said, displaying a staffer's receipts for generic tetracycline, which cost $1.45 to fill at retail and $12 for a three-month mail supply. "I'm a strong supporter of PBMs, but I also believe that these are important questions that need to be addressed"

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