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BUSH SIGNS PRESCRIPTION PAD DEADLINE EXTENSION Late last month, President Bush signed into law a six-month delay of the Oct. 1 deadline requiring all Medicaid prescriptions to be written on tamper-resistant paper. Concern with the original deadline stemmed from the possibility that doctors lacking the new pads might write Medicaid prescriptions on plain pads. This would force pharmacists

BUSH SIGNS PRESCRIPTION PAD DEADLINE EXTENSION

WASHINGTON — Late last month, President Bush signed into law a six-month delay of the Oct. 1 deadline requiring all Medicaid prescriptions to be written on tamper-resistant paper. Concern with the original deadline stemmed from the possibility that doctors lacking the new pads might write Medicaid prescriptions on plain pads. This would force pharmacists to choose between turning the customer away and not being reimbursed. Prior to the extension, members of the Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, Va., along with those of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association, both in Alexandria, Va., met with members of Congress to advocate on this issue.

WAL-MART EXPANDS GENERIC DRUG PROGRAM

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here reported late last month it would expand its $4 generic prescription drug program in what it calls a “phase two.” More medicines in more categories have been added, the retailer said. These include drugs for glaucoma, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, fungal infections and acne. Fertility and prescription birth control products will also be included at $9, the company said. The retailer also said lower prices will be offered sooner on generics that are new to the market. Target, Minneapolis, said it would match Wal-Mart's new offerings.