Small Pharmacies Win One vs. Chains in ND
in the union where Wal-Mart Stores
cannot sell $4 generic prescription
drugs due to a law that requires every
pharmacy to be owned by a pharmacist.
“People shouldn’t be required to spend so much more than they have to
for the simple act of trying to keep themselves healthier,” Ryan Horn,
a Wal-Mart spokesperson, told The Associated Press. “That is what
this law is doing, and it shouldn’t stand.”
Earlier this month, the state’s
Supreme Court upheld Attorney General Al Jaeger’s rejection of a petitioned
submitted by a group called North Dakotans for Lower Prescription Drug Prices,
which would have allowed a ballot vote to overturn the law. Mr. Jaeger rejected
the petition because the group failed to identify the names and addresses of
the proposed bill’s sponsors in accordance with state law.
“It’s unfortunate because a lot of people signed those petitions,
but the responsibility to make sure they are circulated correctly is up to
the sponsoring committee,” Mr. Jaeger told the Bismarck Tribune.
pharmacies and proponents of the law argue it is necessary in such a rural
state. The law was originally passed in the 1960’s when there were concerns
about local doctors buying up pharmacies.
“In many smaller cities in North Dakota, one of the few people who has
any medical knowledge and ability is the local pharmacist. Seniors look to
the pharmacist for a whole lot of advice,” state Rep. Jim Kasper told
the AP. “Losing
them would be like the school closing or the post office closing. You just
lose the heart of your town.”
Discussion Question: Does the North Dakota law requiring a pharmacist to
own a pharmacy still make sense today?
- Supreme Court rejects pharmacy petition appeal – Bismarck Tribune
- ND protects small pharmacies from big box stores – The Associated Press/The