Archive for August, 2012

NCPA Renews Concerns over Medicaid Generic Drug Reimbursement Changes

By Kevin Schweers

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 11th version of its draft federal upper limits (FULs) for Medicaid generic drug reimbursement, but the results are getting worse, not better, than preceding lists in terms of assuring continued patient access to prescription drugs and pharmacy services.

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New PBM ‘Report’: Not Fit to Print

A document released recently by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) is a distorted re-hashing of a few, months-old news articles into what it calls a ‘report.’ It calls to mind a cardinal rule of the political campaign season that is now well-underway: when you’re losing a debate, try to change the subject.

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Get Active During Recess (Congress’ August Recess That Is)

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

As noted in a recent Executive Update (link available to NCPA members only) Congress has left Washington D.C. for its annual August Recess. During this period most Members of Congress will spend a significant portion of their time in district meeting with constituents. This presents a tremendous opportunity for pharmacists to meet with their legislators and educate them on the importance of small business independent community pharmacy to patients and the overall community. In fact, more than 25 members of Congress have already scheduled pharmacy visits for during this recess. Continue reading ‘Get Active During Recess (Congress’ August Recess That Is)’

Go from 0 to 60 in San Diego

Today is the day you can choose to “accelerate” your pharmacy’s success into overdrive. That’s because in just 60 days, the premier event in community pharmacy, the 114th NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition will begin in beautiful San Diego. From October 13-17, hundreds of pharmacy owners, staff pharmacists, students, industry suppliers, vendors, and more will convene at the San Diego Convention Center to highlight the best and brightest in community pharmacy.

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Proven Cure for the Common Cold: Vick’s Vapor Rub and a #2 Lead Pencil

By Gabe Trahan, Senior Director of Store Operations and Marketing

(@ncpagabe on Twitter)

Have you ever thought something was working based on a myth? Continue reading ‘Proven Cure for the Common Cold: Vick’s Vapor Rub and a #2 Lead Pencil’

Pharmacist Grassroots Engagement Reaping Results for Pharmacies, Patients

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

Over the past few months, community pharmacy grassroots efforts have led to some modest, but important, legislative and regulatory victories in Washington for community pharmacists and the patients they serve. Continued grassroots engagement by pharmacists will drive future successes.

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