[Pharmwaste] Webinar on preventing pharmaceutical waste

Kate Hagemann kate at productstewardship.us
Tue May 8 11:36:57 EDT 2012

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know PSI will be co-hosting a webinar on policies to prevent pharmaceutical waste (see the attached). Registration is free and open to the public so please feel free to spread the word.

All the best,

Policies to Prevent Pharmaceutical Waste: Initial Prescription Limitations and Pro-rating Co-pays

Thursday, May 17, 2012
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
(11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT)


When patients receive a new prescription they usually fill a full 30-, 60- or 90-day prescription before they know whether the medicine will work for them.  Currently most co-pay structures require patients to pay a flat fee, or a percentage, of the total prescription cost each time they fill or renew a prescription. When a patient stops taking medication for any reason, the remainder goes to waste and cannot be redistributed. Limiting the initial prescription size or pro-rating the patient's co-pay for medications can therefore reduce waste. In Maine, an initial prescription limitation policy is already being implemented. This policy, put in place in 2009, limits initial prescriptions to 15-day supplies for certain drugs. As part of their Drug Utilization Management and Fraud, Abuse, and Waste Control Program, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently issued a new rule which creates a financial incentive for Medicare Part D beneficiaries to ask their prescribers for less than a month's supply when appropriate. Under the new policy patients would have the option to pay a lower, pro-rated cost when the prescription is dispensed, which reduces costs and waste.


 *   Sierra Fletcher, Director of Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute


 *   Jennifer Palow, Acting MIHMS Project Manager, Director of Operations, Office of MaineCare Services

 *   Tracey McCutcheon, Deputy Director, Medicare Drug Benefit & C&D Data Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 *   Lisa Vanston Thorpe, Esq., U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Drug Benefit and Part C & D Data Group Division of Drug Plan Policy and Quality

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