Lawmakers Focus on Community Pharmacists’ Generic Drug Payment Concerns

By Kevin Schweers

Two Georgia Republicans—U.S. Reps. Doug Collins and Austin Scott—took for the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives the evening of April 9th to express their strong support for independent community pharmacists and, in particular, the serious problems that they’ve encountered with secretive and often outdated maximum allowable cost (MAC) reimbursement limits set by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for generic drugs in Medicare Part D drug plans. Continue reading ‘Lawmakers Focus on Community Pharmacists’ Generic Drug Payment Concerns’

Medicare “Preferred Pharmacy” Drug Plans Fail Rural America

By Kevin Schweers

While Medicare officials unfortunately put aside for now their proposal to allow “any willing pharmacy” to serve as a “preferred pharmacy” in Medicare Part D drug plans, the shortcomings of these plans continue to be readily apparent.

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NCPA Ads Support Medicare Proposed Rule’s Key Provisions

By Kevin Schweers

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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A Contest with a Purpose: The 3rd Annual Medication Adherence Challenge

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.

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Pharmacists’ Expanding Health Care Role Featured on a Big Stage

By Kevin Schweers

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.

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Pharmacists, Physicians Unite to Better Address Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

By Kevin Schweers

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.

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Georgia Congressman Once Again Raises Concerns with CMS Over Preferred Networks, Now it is Your Turn

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’


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