Archive for May, 2012

It’s About More Than Taking Out the Trash

Valerie Briggs, MBA

A recent University of Michigan study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that disposing of unwanted medicines in the trash may be a more environmentally-friendly option than disposing of the drugs at a take-back pharmacy. The logic, as explained in various news stories is that take-back programs, like Dispose My Meds, result in a greater emission of greenhouse gases and pollutants due to the travel to the take-back pharmacy and the shipping of the drugs elsewhere for incineration.

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NCPA Weighs in on Senate’s Must-Pass Drug User Fee Bill

With the Senate attempting to complete work and pass the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) before the Memorial Day weekend, the National Community Pharmacists Association weighed in earlier this week with a letter to Senate Health Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY).

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NCPA Urges Medicaid Officials to Fix Flawed Generic Drug Reimbursement Caps

By Kevin Schweers

The most recent batch proposed Medicaid caps on generic drug reimbursement—or federal upper limits (FULs)—would be “economically devastating” for independent community pharmacies, NCPA told federal officials in a new letter. Such cuts could endanger pharmacy access for Medicaid recipients as community pharmacies may be forced to drop out of the program or, in some cases, to close altogether.

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CMS Warns Medicare Drug Plans on Patients’ Pharmacy Choice

By Kevin Schweers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is rightly taking action to help prevent patients from being steered away from their pharmacy of choice and into a mail order pharmacy program. Continue reading ‘CMS Warns Medicare Drug Plans on Patients’ Pharmacy Choice’

NCPA Recognizes Independent Community Pharmacists and Their Positive Patient Outcomes

This past January, NCPA launched a new feature on our website entitled the Community Pharmacist Spotlight. Since its inception, a different NCPA member has been featured each month with the intent of promoting the important role independent community pharmacists play in the health care system. Continue reading ‘NCPA Recognizes Independent Community Pharmacists and Their Positive Patient Outcomes’

Pharmacists, Lawmakers Rally for Patient Choice, Pharmacy Competition

Leading U.S. Senators and Representatives joined independent community pharmacists at a rally for patient choice and pharmacy competition on Capitol Hill Wednesday, May 9th to close out NCPA’s 44th annual Legislative Conference this week.

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A World of Conditions, Hundreds of Medicines, One Ingredient: Acetaminophen. Use it Safely.

DeAnn Mullins, BPharm, CDE

Editor’s Note: This spring, NCPA is partnering with the Know Your Dose campaign to remind consumers who suffer from chronic pain about the proper use of medicines that contain acetaminophen. A certified diabetes educator, DeAnn Mullins owns Mullins Pharmacy, WeCare Wellness, and the WeCare Diabetes Education Program in Lynn Haven, Fla. She is a member of the Florida Board of Pharmacy and graduated from Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

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Top Lawmakers, TRICARE, State Experts Address Pharmacists at NCPA Legislative Conference

Over 250 independent community pharmacists discussed top health care and pharmacy issues with leading lawmakers and federal and state policymakers, during the second day of NCPA’s Legislative Conference Tuesday, May 8th.

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NCPA Legislative Conference: Pharmacists Talk Medicare, Medicaid, Jobs

Between the Express Scripts-Medco merger, pharmacy crime, mail order in Tricare, and potential track and trace requirements in PDUFA, the 2012 NCPA Legislative Conference couldn’t be happening at a more relevant time, NCPA President Lonny Wilson, PD noted during the May 7th opening session.

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Express Scripts’ 2011 Drug Trend Report (Part 3 of 3): The Future of Pharmacy Networks – Less Patient Access, More Express Scripts Profit

Zachary French

In this final of a three-part look at the Express Scripts’ (ESI) 2011 Trend Report, we consider the pharmacy benefit manager’s (PBM) attitude toward both pharmacies and patients proper utilization of their medication, or “adherence.”

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