More than 50 consumers, small business owners and community pharmacists with Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW! (PCPAN) gathered in Washington, DC to urge Congress and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to support patient care and oppose the planned merger between Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc, two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies. Following the press conference, which featured remarks by Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Thomas Marino (R-PA), they met with elected representatives on Capitol Hill. The coalition expressed concerns that the new mega-PBM would control much of the supply line of brand-name and generic drugs, especially in markets where the PBMs are already highly concentrated. The merger would hurt health care quality, compromise safety and limit access to community pharmacies, while driving drug prices through the roof. It would also result in decreased access to local community pharmacies that provide convenient and helpful services. “If allowed to go forward, this merger would have devastating effects on consumers and small businesses, alike,” said Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT). “In an industry that already offers few choices, further market concentration would squeeze out the community pharmacies many of us have come to trust the most.” “Right now, there is not a level playing field which is why I feel we need to act now,” said Congressman Thomas Marino (R-PA). “I supported community

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