The Voice of Louisiana's Local Community Pharmacies

Since 2001, The Louisiana Independent Pharmacies Association (LIPA) has been providing services that benefit its membership of independent pharmacies in order to promote and advance the pharmacy community. Independent pharmacies are the locally-owned, small business drugstores in your hometown who offer a variety of niche services and personalized care that you won't find at most chain drug stores.

As the most trusted, accessible medication experts, independent pharmacists play a critical role in Louisiana's health care delivery system. With a strong foundation in their communities, these small business entrepreneurs lead grass roots public health, civic, and volunteer initiatives and, as such, represent a vital resource. Short-term, the goal of LIPA pharmacies is to ensure individual patient health but long-term, we are focused on improving the overall quality of health care in order to realize the best possible outcomes for all Louisianians. Read More

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Welcome to the New LIPA Website

Welcome to the new and improved Please take some time to explore the new features and contact us with any questions or comments.

Member Area Coming Soon

Currently under construction, the LIPA Member Area will feature the latest legislative updates, pharmacy news, information, access to our LIPA Newsletter Archive and much more.  

Investigative Reports Expose PBM Clawbacks, Medical Waste

In WVUE Fox 8 News of New Orleans’s investigative series on medical waste and PBM clawbacks, Lee Zurik and the FOX 8 Investigations Unit examine the rising costs of prescription meds and questionable practices by the pharmaceutical and insurance industries—factors that are changing our financial health and our physical health for the worse. So far, six installments in the series have aired, all of which can be viewed by clicking the links below. Please take a moment to watch and share each of these video reports and the accompanying articles with the folks in your community as we work to bring these matters to the attention of the public and lawmakers.

Copay or you-pay? Prescription drug clawbacks draw fire

May 4, 2016 - Investigative reporter Lee Zurik’s initial report centers on PBM clawbacks, exposing how certain PBMs charge patients a co-pay that is higher than the drugs actual costs. Of course, due to restrictions in their contract, the pharmacist can do nothing to inform the patient of the lower-cost cash price available to them unless specifically asked by the patient. Part 1→

Cassidy slams drug cost clawbacks, demands transparency

May 5, 2016 - Investigative reporter Lee Zurik sat down with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana to discuss the lack of drug pricing transparency and strategies for fixing these issues legislatively. Sen. Cassidy (R-La.) asked for copies of the receipts Zurik had received from pharmacists and said, "This receipt is worth a thousand words." Part 2→

United/Optum defends prescription 'overpayment program'

May 9, 2016 - A series of emails FOX 8 received from a subsidiary of United Healthcare raises more serious questions about the country's largest health carrier. As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, United says its charging customers a copay for some drugs. But in actuality, that copay is a “you-pay” - United charges more than the cost of the drug. Part 3→

The Kind of Drug Prices That Make People Sick

May 11th 2016 - Insurance costs for prescription medications are greater now than the costs for physician services. Patients are taking a hit in their bank account, whenever they go to the pharmacy. And some patients simply can't afford their meds anymore. Big Pharma blames high research & development costs - but Mr. Zurik’s findings in this report suggest otherwise. Part 4→

Brand name med costs are a tough pill to swallow

What's the real difference between brand name meds and their generic counterparts? Local pharmacists tell us many pharmaceutical companies are charging different prices for essentially the same product. Lee Zurik of Fox 8 New Orleans conducted a sort of experiment to make consumers aware - and perhaps quench their thirsts at the same time. Part 5→

Pharmacists, customers nationwide coping with clawbacks

The Zurik investigation has revealed some of nation's biggest insurance carriers are forcing customers to pay a premium on some prescription drugs, charging them more than the actual cost – “clawing back” money from the pharmacy and customer. Now, some customers are finding better, cheaper options. Part 6→

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