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The 579 pounds of medications dropped off had an approximate worth (not street value) of more than $1,000,000 resulting in a great deal of pharmaceutical waste. Student pharmacists and faculty from the Ferris State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University Colleges of Pharmacy recorded the medications collected for further analysis, and at press time, it had not been determined the percentage of mail-order pharmacy medications versus the percentage of community-pharmacy medications.”20 Below are photos received from pharmacists chronicling mail order pharmaceuticals that were sent and eventually returned to pharmacists: Photo credits, Michigan Pharmacists Association Patients According to an op-ed by NCPA in The Hill, the group had received a real-life encounter one patient experienced from mail-order delivery. The patient explained “My insulin has come with chunks of frozen ice floating in the vial — plus in a plastic bag with no support — it is a wonder they did not break. I had to pay for medicine out of pocket ... These are just a few of the things they have done. Mail order should not be mandatory, we should have a choice.”21 Patients are not the only ones who experience problems brought on because of PBMs. Doctors and pharmacists also must address issues relating mail-order deliveries. One doctor relayed some of what he has encountered in this regard. He offered, “We probably see a couple of patients a month in the emergency department who have run out of medications because their shipment from Medco or some other 20. Michigan Pharmacists Association. An Estimated $1 Million Worth of Medications Collected. Michiganpharmacists.org. N.p., 11 Sept. 2012. Web. <https://www.michiganpharmacists.org/news/article. php?x=2982>. 21. Schweers, Kevin. “Community pharmacists hear mail order complaints; debunk PBM myths.” The Hill, 21 Sept. 2009. Web. < http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/59593-community-pharmacists-hear-mail-ordercomplaints> 26


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