Would you vote for a proposal that will raise prescription prices and reduce access to medications for a majority of Ohioans? Two pharmacy industry experts say the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act will do just that. Antonio Ciaccia of the Ohio Pharmacy Association and Jeff Bartone of Hock’s Pharmacy sit down with Scott and Anne Marie for an eye-opening discussion that brings clarity to the this complicated ballot issue facing Ohio voters in November.
Antonio Ciaccia is the Director of Government and Public Affairs at Ohio Pharmacists Association. He has currently served in this role for seven years. His organization represents 3,500 members along with 16,000 licensed pharmacists in Ohio. To learn more about Antonio Ciaccia and the Ohio Pharmacists Association, head over to their website ohiopharmacists.org.
Jeff Bartone is the owner of Hock’s Pharmacy, headquartered in Tipp City, Ohio. During his time as the Hock’s Pharmacy owner, he has implemented various promotions to help consumers save money on prescription medication. His passion and drive to better the community around him has led him to become an active participant in pharmacy legislation. He has served as the second youngest President of the Ohio Pharmacist Association. You can learn more about Jeff Bartone and Hock’s Pharmacy on their website hocksrx.com
Scott and Anne Marie welcome guest Antonio Ciaccia of the Ohio Pharmacists Association to talk about high prescription drug prices. Ciaccia says a “dysfunctional system” allows a lack of transparency, and that makes it possible for middlemen within the pharmacy supply chain to negotiate high prices in secrecy.
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.