GPhA Enters 2011 Bigger And Stronger, But With A Broader Fight On Its Hands
The Generic Pharmaceutical Association is pretty fond of Florida. The group has held its annual meeting in the state almost every year since the association was formed. But regardless of the weather or the hotel amenities, when GPhA convenes in Orlando next month, its members will be slightly disappointed in the venue: Florida is below the national average in the generic utilization rate for its Medicaid program.
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