By John Norton
In “Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 1″ we shared the story of Dave Miller as one more example of why public surveys routinely report high levels of respect for traditional corner drug stores. Being patient-friendly is one of the cores of the business. The average independent community pharmacy derives more than 90 percent of its revenue from prescription drug sales, so they depend on patients returning to their stores, mostly through a personal touch and by offering niche services. However, the bond between pharmacists and patient often grows even stronger during trying times. Continue reading ‘Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 2′
By John Norton
Each year’s release of the Gallup survey on professional honesty and integrity, J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Pharmacy Study on patient satisfaction and Boehringer Ingelheim’s comprehensive data validate the popularity of independent community pharmacies’ patient-friendly business model. However, even these convincing numbers and analyses cannot fully reflect the personal stories that help illustrate what distinguishes these community pharmacies.
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By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy
In the days following President Obama’s second inaugural, NCPA ran ads calling on Congress and the White House to pass legislation important to independent community pharmacy. Specifically, NCPA asked Congress to pass legislation to enact common sense PBM reforms, protect patient pharmacy choice and patient access to traditional compounding pharmacies and to allow community pharmacies to provide certain healthcare services.
Continue reading ‘For 2013 Priorities, Pharmacist Engagement Essential for Success’
As the Obama Administration and the new, 113th Congress embark on their 2013 agendas, NCPA is weighing in on behalf of the independent community pharmacies it represents and the patients they serve. Namely, this week NCPA sponsored an advertisement urging support for pro-patient, pro-pharmacist policies.
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By John Norton
This will be a big year for implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) will track the process closely on behalf of NCPA members and the patients they serve. NCPA recently submitted comments about the ACA’s Multi-State Plans (MSPs) being designed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Continue reading ‘NCPA Monitoring New State Health Insurance Exchanges’
By Kevin Schweers
Before turning the calendar to 2013, NCPA staff recently looked back at some of the association’s efforts in furtherance of its independent community pharmacy members and their patients. Some of the more significant efforts were chronicled in a recently published, executive-summary style annual report. Continue reading ‘NCPA Reviews 2012 in Annual Report’
Published November 9, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is a devastating reminder of how natural disasters strike fiercely, often without warning, and can leave destruction and shattered lives. In the aftermath of these tragedies we rightly credit emergency personnel for their immediate response. Consistently, independent community pharmacists are playing a key role as well. Continue reading ‘Pharmacists Stepping Up in Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath’
Published November 7, 2012
By John Coster, RPh., Ph.D.
Yesterday’s election has not resulted in significant political change because voters have essentially endorsed the status quo in a time of widespread unhappiness about the economy and other matters. As a result, the country will continue to have a divided government with a Democrat White House, a Democrat majority in the Senate, a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a Republican majority of Governorships. Continue reading ‘The Status Quo 2012 Election: A Pharmacist’s Take’
Published October 5, 2012
By Kevin Schweers
The tragic meningitis cases that have been reported in six states have prompted some to question the role of compounding pharmacists in the U.S. health care system. Outside of pharmacy circles, the intricacies of compounding customized prescription medication treatments for individual patient needs may be little known and easily misunderstood. Traditional pharmacy compounding offers many benefits, including improving health outcomes and lowering medical costs for patients, and is fundamentally different from the now-suspended operation at the New England Compounding Center suspected to be the source of the meningitis outbreak.
Continue reading ‘Meningitis Outbreak Prompts Confusion About Compounding Pharmacies’
On October 13th, students from three pharmacy schools will vie in a live competition to be the 2012 winner of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. For the first time, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy is among the three finalists. NCPA recently asked the schools’ representatives for their insights and feedback on the contest.
Continue reading ‘Univ. of Arkansas Students Reflect on NCPA Business Plan Competition’