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Health Economist Shreds PBMs’ Claim of Large Cost Increase from “Any Willing Pharmacy” Medicare Proposal

By Kevin Schweers

Claims by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that a massive cost increase would result from legislation giving Medicare seniors in medically underserved areas more convenient access to discounted or “preferred” copays are “theoretically baseless,” a noted health care economist and antitrust expert argues in a new analysis.

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Grassroots Efforts Yield Successes in 2013: Keep it up in 2014

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′

NASCAR Fans Hear About PBM Abuses

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.

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Congress’ August Recess Provides Opportunities to Promote Common Sense Policy

By Michael Rule, Associate Director of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

Congress recently adjourned for its annual August recess. During this five week period, Senators and Representatives will be spending much time at home, touring the state or district and listening to constituents. For independent community pharmacists, this presents a tremendous opportunity to educate members of Congress on the role you play in the healthcare system and in your communities, and on the patient services you provide. This is also an opportunity to advocate for common sense reforms regarding abusive audits by pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) and to seek reversal of a CMS rule regarding home delivery diabetes test supplies (DTS). You also can educate elected officials on the unintended consequences of some legislative efforts regarding pharmacy compounding.

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States Lead the Way in PBM Reforms: Will Congress Follow?

By Michael Rule, Associate Director of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

Independent Community Pharmacists are both small business owners and trusted healthcare providers. As such, they contribute to both the local economy through employment opportunities and taxes. In fact, studies have shown that for every dollar spent at a local small business, $.68 is reinvested in the local economy, this drops to $.43 for chain stores, and mail order purchases bring no economic benefit to communities. As healthcare providers, independent community pharmacists they promote proper medication adherence with patients, check the patient’s medication regimen for harmful interactions, and when appropriate work with the patient’s doctor to prescribe lower cost generic alternatives: all of which contribute to savings in the health system.

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Lawmaker Touts Community Pharmacies in Congressional Remarks

By Kevin Schweers

Before Congress adjourned for its August recess, Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus member and U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), reasserted his support for independent community pharmacies and their role helping patients and contributing to the local economy.

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“Special Order” Draws Congressional Attention to Independent Community Pharmacy

By Michael Rule, Associate Director of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

This past Wednesday (July 24), Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) took to the House floor to speak on the benefits of independent community pharmacy. Rep. Collins noted his personal experience with independent community pharmacy stating that he frequents Woody’s Pharmacy in GA. Further, he highlighted his experience with proprietor Kevin Woody, “And I go in there and I know that when I ask him about the drugs for myself, for my wife, my kids, he gives me answers. He helps me know why they interact, what goes on. We’ve got pharmacists in all kinds of settings that do that every day for folks.” Continue reading ‘“Special Order” Draws Congressional Attention to Independent Community Pharmacy’


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