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Pharmacy is said to have delivered Alzheimer’s drugs to members of Congress

The US Capitol.

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The US Capitol.

A D.C. pharmacist says his pharmacy has filled prescriptions for “pretty serious health problems” for members of Congress, including drugs for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new interview published in STAT news.

The pharmacist, Grubb’s Pharmacy owner Mike Kim, made the disclosure as part of a larger story into a perk afforded to lawmakers: Drugs from a community pharmacy are delivered to the office of the Attending Physician, allowing members of Congress to avoid trips to the store.

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“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim told STAT. “It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”

Those health problems have included things like Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, Kim said, according to STAT.

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There has been a renewed interest in recent months about how lawmakers access health care as the Republican-controlled Congress has worked to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Members of Congress and their staffs were required by the Affordable Care Act to purchase health insurance from an exchange set up under the law, according to CNN.

But STAT notes that lawmakers pay just $600 a year for access to the Office of the Attending Physician, and by extension, the deliveries made by Kim’s pharmacy.

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.
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