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Extension of Tricare pilot sought

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have called on lawmakers to extend the Tricare Prescription Drug Acquisition Cost Parity Pilot Program.

NACDS and NCPA have sent a letter to House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders urging them to support a one-year extension of the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) authority to enact the Tricare pilot as contained in last year’s defense budget.

The request came with the pilot expiring on October 1 and members of Congress set to consider the final National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

“The pilot will be a valuable program, providing Tricare beneficiaries with better access to pharmacist care and freedom to choose where to fill their prescriptions,” NACDS and NCPA wrote in the letter. “Moreover, the pilot is anticipated to generate federal savings through lower administration fees and enhanced savings on brand medications through lower net DoD acquisition costs for prescriptions filled at retail ­pharmacies.”


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