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Fairness for pharmacies

As professional compounding pharmacists, we at Hoye’s Pharmacy support the concept of audits to ensure the integrity of public and private health-care programs and to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in third-party billing for prescription claims. But what we see repeatedly is that, under current auditing practices, legitimate pharmacy businesses — and their abilities to serve prescribers and patients — are being unintentionally harmed.

We believe fair, responsible, common-sense standards must guide auditors. All too frequently, auditors currently penalize pharmacists for clerical or typographical errors wholly unrelated to fraud. Also, pharmacy businesses are not notified they will be audited and not allowed to dispute audit findings.

In this regard, on Sept. 4 we welcomed state Rep. Dana Young to our pharmacy. We were grateful for the opportunity to discuss legislation and voice our concerns regarding fair pharmacy audit practices by Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) groups.

Enacting reasonable standards will allow fairness in the process, and all parties — PBMs, pharmacies of all sizes, and patients — will know what to expect and when. We all abhor fraud, which hurts everyone and must be targeted.

We support a set of reasonable standards, including a requirement that audits be conducted by a Florida-licensed pharmacist and allowing 10 days for pharmacists to produce documentation addressing any alleged discrepancies.

We hope our concerned state representatives will support legislation to bring fairness to pharmacy audits, allowing us to better serve our patients.

Robert S. Hoye, C.R. Ph.


The writer is president and owner of Hoye’s Pharmacy.

Syria explainer

I can now explain the Syria solution in a way that any child can understand: President Putin offered President Obama a straw, and Obama grabbed it, instantly claiming to have planted the seed that grew the wheat (or whatever) that built the solution to solve the red-line problem that Obama built.

Meg Scott

Plant City

Crisis created

The United States has mid-term elections in 2014, and the citizens are angry because their government has failed them. So what do the politicians and the influential do to take the citizens’ minds off the economy, jobs, Obamacare, the looming national debt, and the National Security Agency, Department of Justice, IRS, FBI and Benghazi scandals? Easy. You create a crisis so the citizens don’t think about these things — then you don’t have to solve the real problems.

Hello, Syria! It dominates the front pages with little mention of our domestic or political problems.

Why Syria? We have no dog in this fight, no skin in the game. We are fighting two wars. Our national treasury is depleted. Our military is tired. The rest of the world shrugs its shoulders at the crisis, and the U.S. is supposed to be the knight in shining armor rushing to rescue the damsel in distress.

Again, why? Because it is politically expedient.

Kenneth R. Lowe Sr.

Sun City Center

The joke’s on us

Reading Richard Kelly’s “Freedom: America’s great gift and calling to the world” (Other Views, Sept. 11) makes me wonder what he has been smoking. Freedom is not just the idea of walking around free enjoying the sights, but freedom from constant surveillance.

We have drones flying overhead from law enforcement, and many sources have told us how are movements are being watched. Two men have been ostracized and criticized, one imprisoned, for letting the public know how the government is violating our “freedom” rights.

Yes, I can go out feeling protected and knowing someone is always watching — red-light cameras, street cameras, drones and such.

Freedom has gotten to be a joke in the good old U.S. of A.

George L. Henson

Plant City

Real heroes

Recently on a stormy Sunday night my daughter’s house was struck by lightning. Although the fire department was immediately called, it was apparent the fire would soon be out of control. My daughter ran next door, calling to her neighbor for help. Rich Rosario, a former New York firefighter, quickly came to the aid of his neighbor and single-handedly put out the fire. It wasn’t a simple fire, as it had enveloped the electrical system in the garage.

Because there had been multiple fire calls as the result of the serious storm, the closest fire unit was several miles away and took more than 20 minutes to arrive. The firefighters informed my daughter that had it not been for the quick action of Rosario, the house probably would have been a total loss.

When we enthusiastically thanked him and called him our hero, he was quick to remind us that the real heroes are those in his company who didn’t make it out of the twin towers. Knowing this fine man and seeing his character in action has given our family a small glimpse of the actions and the sacrifices of so many on that day. Thank you, Rich, and thank you to your friends and comrades.

Sherry Allen


Weather Center