To advance the pro-patient, pro-pharmacist provisions contained in Medicare’s proposed Part D rule, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has launched an advertisement campaign in Washington media outlets this week, in conjunction with a House subcommittee hearing.
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Tags: adherence, medication therapy management, pharmacist
By John Norton
According to the research institute NEHI, up to $290 billion a year is wasted on the improper use of medication. When you first read the number, you think it’s a misprint. Surely, we are talking in terms of millions and not billions, right? Unfortunately, the listed number is correct, and is largely the result of patients not taking the right medication, at the right time, the right way.
Stop and take a moment to read “Nation’s pharmacies aren’t just for Rx’s anymore”, because it’s not every day that a media outlet the size of USAToday.com features a detailed account of how the role of community pharmacists is expanding and producing better health outcomes.
NCPA is actively participating in a broad effort of physician, pharmacist, wholesaler and PBM stakeholder groups working to enhance responsible prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances in order to reduce prescription drug abuse. Call it a silver lining in the storm cloud that was the 2013 flare-up in the otherwise collegial and efficient doctor-pharmacist relationship.
Georgia Congressman Once Again Raises Concerns with CMS Over Preferred Networks, Now it is Your TurnPublished February 7, 2014 Medicare Leave a Comment
By Michael Rule, Associate Director of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy
Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland recently sent a follow up letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to raise concerns over preferred networks in Medicare Part D, particularly the fact that independent community pharmacies are often not afforded the opportunity to participate. The letter highlights that many Part D beneficiaries rely on the face-to-face counseling and the in-person services provided by independent community pharmacists. Furthermore, his letter notes that independent community pharmacies serve traditionally underserved urban and rural communities where access to care is at a premium. Continue reading ‘Georgia Congressman Once Again Raises Concerns with CMS Over Preferred Networks, Now it is Your Turn’
By Stephanie DuBois, Associate Director, Marketing Communications
We recently updated our “Waste Not, Want Not” slideshow with some new pictures of mail order waste. This week, we are highlighting some of the best examples on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and we encourage you to do the same. Use the hashtag #mailorderwaste on each social media channel and share your stories and images of costly wasted medications. (Be sure to remove or black out all patient and other personal information before posting photos to comply with HIPAA and other privacy protections.)
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By Michael Rule, Associate Director of Grassroots and Public Affairs
From a grassroots perspective, 2013 should be a year that is long remembered by pharmacists. Due to pharmacist engagement, independent community pharmacists achieved pro-patient, pro-pharmacist successes at both the state and federal level and continued to build relationships with legislators through hosting pharmacy visits. Continue reading ‘Grassroots Efforts Yield Successes in 2013: Keep it up in 2014′