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#MailOrderWaste & the Need for Medication Disposal Programs

By Stephanie DuBois, Associate Director, Marketing Communications

Earth Day was yesterday and Saturday marks another nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. While this is a good opportunity for individuals to properly dispose of unused or expired medications at a safe location, consumers need more convenient access to disposal locations more than twice a year. That’s why NCPA members have stepped up to help their patients through the Dispose My Meds™ program. Since its inception in 2009, Dispose My Meds has collected over 200 tons of medications at more than 1,600 participating community pharmacies in 40 states across the country. (Note: opioids and other controlled substances are not allowed.)

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: The Pharmacist’s Role

The following is a guest post from Ginger Skinner of Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs

Dropping off medicines at a local pharmacy or participating in a medication take-back event is a convenient way for patients to dispose of expired and unused medicines. As a community pharmacist, now is a great time to remind patients to do just that. This Saturday, April 26th, is the 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, consumers clean out their medicine cabinets of leftover and expired medications can do so at over 4,000 sites across the U.S. This effort is operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners, including many fire and police stations, hospitals, and churches. Since its start, the Take-Back Day initiative has collected over 3.4 million pounds of medication from the public. Continue reading ‘National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: The Pharmacist’s Role’

Lawmakers Focus on Community Pharmacists’ Generic Drug Payment Concerns

By Kevin Schweers

Two Georgia Republicans—U.S. Reps. Doug Collins and Austin Scott—took for the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives the evening of April 9th to express their strong support for independent community pharmacists and, in particular, the serious problems that they’ve encountered with secretive and often outdated maximum allowable cost (MAC) reimbursement limits set by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for generic drugs in Medicare Part D drug plans. Continue reading ‘Lawmakers Focus on Community Pharmacists’ Generic Drug Payment Concerns’

Medicare “Preferred Pharmacy” Drug Plans Fail Rural America

By Kevin Schweers

While Medicare officials unfortunately put aside for now their proposal to allow “any willing pharmacy” to serve as a “preferred pharmacy” in Medicare Part D drug plans, the shortcomings of these plans continue to be readily apparent.

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NCPA Ads Support Medicare Proposed Rule’s Key Provisions

By Kevin Schweers

To advance the pro-patient, pro-pharmacist provisions contained in Medicare’s proposed Part D rule, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has launched an advertisement campaign in Washington media outlets this week, in conjunction with a House subcommittee hearing.

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A Contest with a Purpose: The 3rd Annual Medication Adherence Challenge

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.

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Pharmacists’ Expanding Health Care Role Featured on a Big Stage

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 features a detailed account of how the role of community pharmacists is expanding and producing better health outcomes.

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