MASS. RETAILERS VEXED BY RX TAX

BOSTON -- To tax or not to tax? For pharmacists in Massachusetts, that is the question, as a new $1.30 prescription tax recently enacted by the state Division of Health Care Finance and Policy here has caused a dilemma over whether pharmacists should absorb the new fee or pass the tax onto consumers.The tax is designed to raise $36 million this fiscal year to shore up sky-rocketing costs under the

BOSTON -- To tax or not to tax? For pharmacists in Massachusetts, that is the question, as a new $1.30 prescription tax recently enacted by the state Division of Health Care Finance and Policy here has caused a dilemma over whether pharmacists should absorb the new fee or pass the tax onto consumers.

The tax is designed to raise $36 million this fiscal year to shore up sky-rocketing costs under the state's Medicaid program, the state-administered health insurance program for the poor

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