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.
Continue reading ‘A Contest with a Purpose: The 3rd Annual Medication Adherence Challenge’
Published February 12, 2014
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.
Continue reading ‘Pharmacists’ Expanding Health Care Role Featured on a Big Stage’
Published February 10, 2014
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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.
Continue reading ‘Pharmacists, Physicians Unite to Better Address Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic’
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′
By Stephanie DuBois, Associate Director, Marketing Communications
Community pharmacists rallied on social media the week of Jan. 13-17, 2014 to highlight the negative impact that exclusive Medicare Part D preferred pharmacy networks have on patients and community pharmacies. Through more than 100 phone calls and emails to Capitol Hill and hundreds of tweets and Facebook posts (using the hashtag #pharmacychoice), we continued to spread our message to patients, health care providers, and elected officials that “preferred” pharmacy networks are not always a cheaper or better option for patients and taxpayers. In fact, tweeters using the #pharmacychoice hashtag made more than 289,000 impressions on Twitter last week alone.
Continue reading ‘Supporting #PharmacyChoice for Patients’
NCPA ran a public service announcement (PSA) at NASCAR’s Homestead Miami Speedway during the weekend of Nov. 15-17, and we’ve posted here and on You Tube a short video summary from the event.
Continue reading ‘NASCAR Fans Hear About PBM Abuses’
By Kevin Schweers
Before the U.S. Senate approved new compounding legislation, senators made statements clarifying for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the bill essentially preserves state board of pharmacy authority over the typical compounding work done by independent community pharmacies.
Continue reading ‘Community Pharmacy Compounding Preserved Under Newly Approved Legislation, Senators Say’
By Michael Rule, Associate Director of Public Affairs and Grassroots
On October 12th, students from three pharmacy schools will vie in a live competition to be the 2013 winner of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. For the second consecutive year, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, winner of the 2012 competition, is among the three finalists.
Continue reading ‘University of Arkansas Team Returns to Business Plan Competition Finals After Winning in 2012′
Published August 30, 2013
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By Michael Rule, Associate Director of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy
Previously, The Dose posted a call to action during the August Congressional recess, imploring independent community pharmacists to use the opportunity to share their experiences with their elected officials, and encouraging them to host their elected officials for a pharmacy visit if possible. Over the course of the last several weeks, NCPA has received feedback from pharmacists demonstrating that several members of the House and Senate took advantage of the opportunity to tour a local pharmacy. The following are just a few examples visits that have taken place.
Continue reading ‘Patient-Centric Services on Display During Congressional Pharmacy Visits’
Published August 19, 2013
By Kevin Schweers
With the influenza vaccination season around the corner, officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recognizing pharmacists’ role in expanding access to immunizations and seeking pharmacists’ continued help, according to a letter to pharmacists from HHS and CDC that was published by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).
Continue reading ‘Federal Health Officials Laud Pharmacists’ Immunization Role’