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Pharmacists, Physicians Unite to Better Address Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

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.

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Georgia Congressman Once Again Raises Concerns with CMS Over Preferred Networks, Now it is Your Turn

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

Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland recently sent a follow up letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to raise concerns over preferred networks in Medicare Part D, particularly the fact that independent community pharmacies are often not afforded the opportunity to participate. The letter highlights that many Part D beneficiaries rely on the face-to-face counseling and the in-person services provided by independent community pharmacists. Furthermore, his letter notes that independent community pharmacies serve traditionally underserved urban and rural communities where access to care is at a premium. Continue reading ‘Georgia Congressman Once Again Raises Concerns with CMS Over Preferred Networks, Now it is Your Turn’

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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