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CANTON — The St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators passed a resolution Monday supporting the inclusion of a dispensing fee as part of the Medicare Part D Silver/Script to help local pharmacies.

The plan that was adopted eliminates the dispensing fee and pays only the cost of the drug and in some cases less than the cost of the drug.

“This is extremely unfair to smaller pharmacies,” said Legislator Vernon D. “Sam” Burns, D-Ogdensburg. “Without a level playing field, pretty soon they won’t be able to compete at all. It seems to be a push toward mail order.”

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