8/12/2011, FTC Questions Bid to Spur Competition Between Drug Stores and Mail-Order Pharmacies


The Federal Trade Commission has issued an advisory opinion questioning a proposed New York State law intended to make it easier for neighborhood drug stores to compete with mail-order pharmacies. The opinion was quietly released on Monday and has stirred up a storm of protest from local pharmacists, who contend that they can provide drugs as cheaply as, if not cheaper than, mail-order pharmacies do, while offering a higher level of customer service.

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