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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 14 Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2012

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell’s TEDx Talk

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

In this TEDx talk, delivered on October 20, 2012 at TEDxDirigo‘s Villages conference at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine,  conference, ILSR Senior Researcher Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there’s been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues: “As remarkable… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2009

Pharmacy Ownership Laws — Europe

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-ownership-laws/2833-2/

Pharmacy ownership laws are more prevalent in Europe.  Eleven of the 27 European Union member states (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and Spain) do not allow non-pharmacists to hold a majority stake in pharmacies.   Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Jun 11, 2009

Pharmacy Ownership Law — North Dakota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-ownership-laws/2832-2/

Enacted in 1963, North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law stipulates that only pharmacies that are majority owned by a licensed pharmacist may be granted a permit to operate in the state. Research on the law’s impact shows that North Dakota has more pharmacies dispersed across rural areas than other states, has among the lowest prescription drug prices in the country, and reaps significant economic benefits from the fact that most of its pharmacies are locally owned. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2009

The Benefits of North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law

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

A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) concludes that repealing North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law would cost the state millions of dollars in annual economic activity and tax revenue, dramatically reduce the number of pharmacies serving rural areas, and degrade the overall quality of pharmacy services in the state. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2009

North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Pays Back

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

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Justin Dahlheimer Tel. 612-276-3456 Email: jdahlheimer@ilsr.org Minneapolis, Minn. – (January 26, 2009). A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) concludes that repealing North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law would cost the state millions of dollars in annual economic activity and tax revenue, dramatically reduce the number of… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2008

Drug Benefit Equity Law – Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-equity-laws/2208-2/

Illinois enacted an HMO reform bill in 1999 that includes a provision barring health insurers from favoring certain types of pharmacies (e.g., mail order) over others (e.g., independent retail pharmacies). Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2008

Pharmacy Equity Laws

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

Mail order pharmacy companies are expanding rapidly and capturing an ever larger share of prescription drug sales. The growth in mail order has little to do with consumer preferences, but is driven instead by pharmacy benefit management companies, which manage prescription benefits for health insurers and often use economic incentives to coerce consumers into using a mail order pharmacy. State and federal policy initiatives aim to level the playing field. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2006

Wal-Mart Generics Mislead Consumers

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

Contrary to common perception, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates independent pharmacies, not Wal-Mart or other chains, usually provide the best value. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2003

Another Survey Finds Independent Pharmacies Cheaper than Chains

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/another-survey-finds-independent-pharmacies-cheaper-chains/

Another prescription price survey finds independent pharmacies have lower prices. Continue reading