Utica-area pharmacists rally for transparency with drug costs

By Amy Neff Roth

Independent pharmacists rallied at Parkway Drugs on Leland Avenue and at nine other locations across the state Wednesday to urge the governor to sign legislation regulating pharmacy benefit managers.

“New York’s prescription drug distribution program is broken and we’re here to fix it,” pharmacist Vincent Chiffy, one of the owners of Utica’s three Parkway Drugs, said with the owners of two other area independent pharmacies, state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, and state Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-Marcy, standing behind him.

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