CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

September 15, 2013

Protect pharmacies, seniors


The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Trudging through the daily routine of taking tests, opening prescription bottles and ingesting multiple medications is hard enough for seniors; don't make it harder by taking away access to their local pharmacy. As Alabama addresses the severe Medicaid funding shortage, the Alabama Pharmacy Study Commission should work with pharmacist to find a sustainable way to save money that won't jeopardize a senior's ability to access community pharmacies or hurt local businesses.

Seniors rely on pharmacists to help provide important information about prescriptions, help with instructions for tests and provide critical guidance about potential prescription complications. These are things the state must consider before slashing rates that make it impossible for pharmacies to operate.

I trust that Medicaid, lawmakers, medical professionals, and other individuals on the Pharmacy Study Commission will make the right choices in order to protect our state's pharmacies and seniors that rely on their pharmacist's services.

Randall Shedd

Director, Cullman County Commission On Aging