Take Action! Support the Congressman Carter Letter to Tricare
Monday, August 31, 2015
Posted by: Dagmar Anderson
Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), the only pharmacist in Congress, is asking tough questions of Tricare on their implementation of a restricted reimbursement program initiated by their contracted PBM Express Scripts in May. Those program changes, including a wholesale exclusion of many Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), have forced pharmacists to use less-than-preferable finished manufactured drug products as the basis for fulfilling compound prescriptions.
Congressman Carter’s draft letter to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, which you can read in its entirety here, says: While these changes were created with good intent, they have ultimately removed all access of compounded medications from patients, forcing them to look elsewhere for treatment and relief. Unfortunately, compounded medications are often the last option for many patients, and these changes force them to make difficult decisions, which sometimes involve illegal drug use as a last resort.
IACP has asked its members to help secure additional Congressional signatures before the letter is sent to Assistant Secretary Woodson. Already, Congressmen W. Jones, Farr, T. Ryan, Ribble, McClintock, Farenthold, Olson, Welch, Peterson, and Schweikert have committed their support.
Now we need your help. The deadline to sign onto the Carter Tricare letter is Friday, September 11, 2015. Call your Congressman’s office and ask for them to co-sign the letter. Your Congressman’s staff can contact Carter’s Legislative Director Chase Cannon in Congressman with questions or their commitment by e-mailing him at Chase.Cannon@mail.house.gov or by calling (202) 225-5831.