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April 12, 1996 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-04-12

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WE EIRE
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BUYING

"As long as it was a hospital
and noncompetitive, the retail
pharmacist didn't see anything
wrong with it," Mr. Sternberg
said. But as managed care orga-
nizations like HMOs and mail-
order pharmacies grew in size
and number, and large chains
like Rite Aid still couldn't get vol-
ume discounts, pharmacists got
angry. A federal lawsuit accus-
ing drug manufacturers of price
fixing and discriminatory pricing
is pending in a Chicago federal
court.
Mr. Sternberg is irritated by
the unequal pricing structure, es-
pecially when it comes to mail or-
ders, for-profit entities that
receive deals from drug compa-
nies and are often owned by
them.
He, too, has been squeezed by
shrinking profits, but many of his
customers don't trust mail-order
companies, he said. They return
to his store because many of them
are within walking distance, and
he provides credit if they need it.
And, he added, if he knows of a
generic drug that is as effective
as the brand-name, he'll call the
doctor who prescribed it and sug-
gest a cheaper alternative, he
said.
Howard Jacobs, owner of Dar-
ing Drugs, which has three loca-
tions in Oakland County, is also
angry about competition from
mail orders, which he believes are
not bound by the same quality re-
quirements as pharmacists. Plus,
mail-order pharmacies are ille-
gal in Michigan; anytime some-
body orders, it's from an
out-of-state company.
Mr. Jacobs said he likes to of-
fer brand-name medications to
his customers, so he is rankled
that drug manufacturers don't
decrease the price of a medica-
tion, even when the patent on the
drug has expired and its generic
form is available. Capoten, a
blood pressure medicine, costs
him about $130 for 100, for ex-
ample. Its generic counterpart
costs half that.
"The little independent phar-
macy really cares more for the
customer than he worries about
the insurance company. In many
cases I'll give my patients the
brand-name rather than auto-
matically give them a generic. In
the chains, they give them a
generic without even asking. I
don't lose money because I
haven't lost customers. I talk to
them," he said. ❑

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