As the Obama Administration and the new, 113th Congress embark on their 2013 agendas, NCPA is weighing in on behalf of the independent community pharmacies it represents and the patients they serve. Namely, this week NCPA sponsored an advertisement urging support for pro-patient, pro-pharmacist policies.
This week NCPA is running a full-page ad in The Hill newspaper. The publication covers Congress and is closely read by lawmakers and their aides. The ad focuses on the important contributions made by community pharmacies to patient care and local economies through the jobs that they create in each state, and also details our legislative agenda for the 113th Congress.
Specifically, the ad asks Congress to:
- Enact common-sense reforms and oversight of unregulated billion-dollar middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).
- Ease the primary care physician shortage by utilizing highly trained, accessible community pharmacists for certain health care services.
- Preserve patient access to customized medications prepared by traditional compounding pharmacies when prescribed by a physician.
- Protect patient choice of pharmacy in all government health plans.
Pharmacists: save the date for the 45th Annual NCPA Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs May 7-8 on Capitol Hill. It’s independent community pharmacy’s best opportunity to educate U.S. Senators, Representatives and staff about the critical role that local pharmacists play to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs and gain support for the aforementioned policy priorities.