Posts Tagged 'pharmacist'



More Mail Order Pharmacy Waste Documented by Pharmacists

By Kevin Schweers

Community pharmacists continue to report egregious cases of wasted prescription drugs fueled in part by mail order pharmacy practices, such as auto-shipping. While the pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that own most mail order facilities may downplay incidences of shipped wastage, Medicare officials have voiced new concerns about this phenomenon and the experiences of local pharmacists suggest that Medicare is in the right.

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Congressional Attention Focused on Independent Community Pharmacy and Patient Access to Care

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

NCPA’s 45th annual Legislative Conference wrapped up this week, and the timing could not have been more appropriate for independent community pharmacy. It was whirlwind week of legislative activity, to recap:

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Reps. McMorris Rodgers, Marino Address NCPA Meeting; Urge Grassroots Action by Pharmacists

By Kevin Schweers

Two leading Members of Congress delivered stirring speeches championing pro-patient, pro-pharmacist bills that each has introduced and implored independent community pharmacists and others to take grassroots action to advance the legislation.

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Community Pharmacy Advocacy Weeks Underway: Demand Support for Pro-Patient, Pro-Small Business Initiatives

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

April 29 marked the beginning of NCPA’s Community Pharmacy Advocacy Weeks. From April 29-May 10, it is imperative that independent pharmacists from across the country make their voices heard. Many pharmacists will travel to Washington, DC for the NCPA Legislative Conference May 7-8 and use the opportunity to meet directly with legislators and staff. Unfortunately, that is not feasible for everyone.

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A Day in the Life of a Pharmacist – Where Doing Extraordinary Things Is Routine

By John Norton

Pharmacists are under-appreciated, judging by the design of many public and private sector prescription drug plans. These guidelines determine pharmacies’ compensation for their services and govern how they interact with patients, doctors and the plan administrators—pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). As the representative for approximately 23,000 independent community pharmacies, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) works to raise awareness that pharmacists are much more than simply dispensers of prescription drugs.

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Many Independent Pharmacies are Price-Competitive, Comparison Finds

By Kevin Schweers

Consumer Reports’ most recent “secret shopper” comparison of pharmacy drug prices urges patients to shop around. But an interesting subtext is that the analysis provides new evidence that independent pharmacies can be as price-competitive as any pharmacy around.

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Pharmacist Voices Continue to Pave the Way for Policy Successes

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

In August 2012, we highlighted some important grassroots successes and encouraged pharmacists to continue their grassroots involvement to reap future victories. It seems many pharmacists are doing that locally and already achieved some success in 2013 from their efforts. Continue reading ‘Pharmacist Voices Continue to Pave the Way for Policy Successes’

Pharmacies Can Help Alleviate Drug Shortages, but Reimbursement Must Keep Up with Costs

By Kevin Schweers

With prescription drug shortages and pharmacy compounding hot topics, NCPA recently weighed in with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials on both fronts, in hopes of preserving patient access to essential medications from their independent community pharmacist. Continue reading ‘Pharmacies Can Help Alleviate Drug Shortages, but Reimbursement Must Keep Up with Costs’

Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 2

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′

Independent Community Pharmacies to the Rescue – Part 1

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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