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Medical Equipment
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 • Posted May 6, 2009

Dear Gerry,

Congress is considering legislation which would have a profound effect on patient’s access to vital medical supplies, including diabetic supplies, canes, and walkers.

The federal government is requiring community pharmacies like mine to go through a lengthy and costly “accreditation” process in order to continue to provide my senior patients Durable Medical Equipment (DME), even though 17 other health care providers are already exempt from this process. The accreditation process could force many pharmacies to stop providing DME, jeopardizing patient’s access to vital medical supplies.

Community pharmacy patients should not be punished because of this accreditation requirement. Congress should pass Legislation S 511 and H.R. 616 which would exempt pharmacies like mine from this requirement so patients can continue to receive DME.


Rodney Jackson RPh

Script Shoppe Pharmacy

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