Back to top Jump to featured resources

Featured from Independent Business

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2014

Report: North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Leads to Better Pharmacy Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/report-pharmacy-ownership-law/

placeholder

 

On November 4th, North Dakota voters will decide whether to overturn a  long-standing, and forward-thinking, state law that mandates that only a licensed pharmacist may own and operate a pharmacy in the state.  Enacted in 1963, the goal of the Pharmacy Ownership Law is to ensure that the state’s pharmacies are run by people whose first allegiance is to the provision of healthcare in their communities, rather than to the bottom line of a distant retail corporation.  Although North Dakota’s law is unique in the U.S., pharmacy ownership laws are prevalent in other parts of the world, including many European countries.

Chart: State Ranking of Prescription Prices

North Dakota’s law has lately come under attack by out-of-state companies, chiefly Walmart.  In 2009, a Walmart- and Walgreens-backed bill to overturn the law was defeated on a 35 to 57 vote in the North Dakota House.  In 2011,  another bill to overturn the law was defeated, this time on a 26 to 68 vote in the House. Now, three years later, an entity financed exclusively by Walmart, North Dakotans for Lower Pharmacy Prices, has collected enough signatures — by paying a signature-gathering firm out of Michigan — to put the law to a vote. As of early October, Walmart had already contributed $2.7 million to the campaign to overturn North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law —  more per resident than either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney each spent during the entire 2012 presidential race.

Today, ILSR released a data-driven study of North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law.  The new report counters many of the unsubstantiated claims made by Walmart’s North Dakotans for Lower Pharmacy Prices, finding that, across every key measure of pharmacy care, North Dakota outperforms other states.

Download:  Full Report   |   Press Release   |   Charts

Among the report’s key findings:

  • North Dakota’s prescription drug prices are among the lowest in the country. Over the last five years, North Dakota has ranked 13th in lowest prescription prices among the 50 states, according to a leading source of prescription price data. Compared to South Dakota, the average prescription price in North Dakota is not only lower, but has increased much more slowly over the last five years.
  • North Dakotans receive a high level of care from their locally owned pharmacies, and in national studies, independent pharmacies consistently outperform pharmacies operated by chains and big-box stores.
  • North Dakotans enjoy an unparalleled level of pharmacy access, with more pharmacies per capita than any neighboring state and the national average.  Pharmacies in North Dakota are not only more plentiful, they’re also more broadly distributed.  North Dakota’s rural census tracts have 51 percent more pharmacies than South Dakota’s do.
  • If the Pharmacy Ownership Law is overturned, the report finds that about 70 of North Dakota’s local pharmacies would close, including 25 pharmacies that currently serve sparsely populated areas. The state’s older residents would be particularly hard hit.
  • A shift from locally owned pharmacies to chains and mail order firms would lead to direct economic losses in the state, as measured in declines in wages and business income, of at least $17 million a year and as high as $29 million, with corresponding declines in indirect economic activity and tax revenue.

North Dakota’s superior pharmacy care is no accident, but rather the result of a smart, forward-thinking policy.  On November 4th, North Dakotans will decide whether to keep that policy.

Photo: Walmart Store
Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2014

Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Report Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walton-report/

The Walton family — majority owners of Walmart — are impeding America’s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by ILSR finds. At a time when more than 500,000 households and businesses are generating their own solar electricity, and the U.S. solar industry is employing 143,000 people, the Waltons are funding nearly two dozen organizations working to roll back renewable energy policies, while a Walton-owned company is pushing for regulations aimed at hindering the growth of rooftop solar power. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2014

Demos and ILSR Co-Host a Convening on Building a Policy Movement for New Economy Transformation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/demos-ilsr-convening-building-policy-movement-economy-transformation/

In September, ILSR joined with Dēmos to co-host a convening on New Economy Transformation: Building a Policy Movement. The event, held in New York City, brought together about 30 leading thinkers and organizers to begin forging a new phase of policy development and campaigning with the aim of fundamentally reorganizing economic power to be rooted in and serve communities. Continue reading

Image: Video Still
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2014

A Localist Agenda: Policy and Politics for Building a Community-Scaled Economy (Video)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/localist-agenda-policy-politics-building-community-scaled-economy-2/

In this panel at the New Economy Coalition’s 2014 conference, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell, together with Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation and Aaron Bartley of PUSH Buffalo, talk about crafting a countervailing political narrative and shared policy framework for devolving economic power and building a community-scaled economy. Continue reading

photo: amazon warehouse
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Amazon’s Big Assist from Government

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazons-big-assist-government/

A new study finds Amazon’s sales drop in states where it is required to collect sales taxes, revealing what Jeff Bezos has undoubtedly known for years: the company’s success, its track record of shuttering local businesses, is as much a product of government favoritism as it is of its own ingenuity. Continue reading