Scott and Anne Marie welcome Antonio Ciaccia of the Ohio Pharmacists Association, a trade group that represents pharmacy professionals to the show. Ciaccia says pharmaceutical companies take a lot of heat for rising drug prices. But most people aren’t aware that middlemen within the pharmacy supply chain negotiate prices, often in secrecy. Ciaccia blames “a dysfunctional system.” Scott blamed “an overabundance of greed.”
Antonio Ciaccia joins Scott McGohan and Anne Marie Singleton this week on Side Affects. Antonio has served as the Director of Government and Public Affairs at Ohio Pharmacists Association since 2010. He has been appointed to the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Steering Committee on State Legislation and Regulation (source).
Founded in 1879, Ohio Pharmacist Association is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Their mission is to unite the profession of pharmacy through the promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.
To learn more about Antonio Ciaccia and the Ohio Pharmacists Association, visit their company website.
This episode marks our first foray into the secretive world of prescription drug pricing, and it's one we'll revisit many times. Scott likens it to Robin Hood in reverse — the real payers of prescriptions are propping up a dysfunctional system.
Scott and Anne Marie welcome back Antonio Ciaccia of the Ohio Pharmacy Association to dissect Issue 2, the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act that was subsequently defeated in Ohio in November 2017. Learn why pharmacists believed the issue, which purported to lower drug prices, would have unintended consequences for consumers.
A month before the November 2017 election, Ohioans were still unclear on Issue 2, the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. On the surface, it sounds like a good thing for Ohio consumers. Scott and Anne Marie are joined by MB colleagues Michael Orr and Adam Griffith to examine Issue 2 may, in fact, have the opposite effect.