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Highlighting #MailOrderWaste

By Stephanie DuBois, Associate Director, Marketing Communications

We recently updated our “Waste Not, Want Not” slideshow with some new pictures of mail order waste. This week, we are highlighting some of the best examples on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and we encourage you to do the same. Use the hashtag #mailorderwaste on each social media channel and share your stories and images of costly wasted medications. (Be sure to remove or black out all patient and other personal information before posting photos to comply with HIPAA and other privacy protections.)

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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′

Supporting #PharmacyChoice for Patients

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.

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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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Just the Facts Ma’am – Star Ratings Edition

Joe FridayBy Kurt A. Proctor, Ph.D., RPh, NCPA Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

If Joe Friday asked me about Medicare star ratings, here is what I would say…

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Community Pharmacy Compounding Preserved Under Newly Approved Legislation, Senators Say

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.

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NCPA Supports Bill to Save Medicare Funds by Reducing Medication Waste

By Kevin Schweers

NCPA recently wrote to Congress to express its formal support for legislation that would help ensure Medicare receives the full benefits of a new policy to reduce medication waste by having pharmacies dispense smaller amounts of prescription drugs to long term care (LTC) residents.

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