RETAIL PHARMACY staggered to its feet this year with the implementation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program in January. An overloaded eligibility computer system and overworked insurance carriers led to early glitches and left many supermarket pharmacies giving out free supplies of medicine to beneficiaries with little or no coverage. This was exasperated by the passage of the Budget Reconciliation Bill, also in January, which cut $3.6 billion from Medicaid reimbursement to ...

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