Bills Address NCPA Member Priorities

By Michael Rule

The 114th Congress convened just over a month ago, yet it has been an eventful time for independent community pharmacies as legislation has been introduced to address all three of our top priorities as identified by a recent NCPA member survey.

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Patients, Pharmacists Share Problems with Aetna/Coventry 2015 Medicare Drug Plans

By Kevin Schweers

Community pharmacists and some Medicare beneficiaries reported a number of problems in early January related to changes to the pharmacy network of 2015 Aetna/Coventry Medicare Part D plans. Continue reading ‘Patients, Pharmacists Share Problems with Aetna/Coventry 2015 Medicare Drug Plans’

Senators back more MTM in Medicare drug plans

By Kevin Schweers

A bipartisan report from the Senate Aging Committee focuses on how to increase utilization of generic drugs to lower costs and specifically suggests expanded eligibility for medication therapy management (MTM) services, such as from community pharmacists. Continue reading ‘Senators back more MTM in Medicare drug plans’

The “Lock-In” Pharmacy Approach to Rx Drug Abuse

By Kevin Schweers

A proposal to restrict certain Medicare beneficiaries to use only a dedicated, “lock-in” pharmacy for their controlled substances is now a part of legislation introduced by two House lawmakers. Continue reading ‘The “Lock-In” Pharmacy Approach to Rx Drug Abuse’

Senate Hearing Scheduled on Generic Drug Price Spikes

By Kevin Schweers

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, announced that his panel will hold a hearing on Nov. 20 to “explore why the costs of certain generic drugs are skyrocketing.” NCPA appreciates the subcommittee’s work and will continue to support their efforts to address this issue.

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NCPA Session Highlights Inventive Side of Community Pharmacists

By Kevin Schweers

Five community pharmacists touted their inventions before a panel of industry veterans and received expert advice on how to grow sales of their products at the first-ever “Idea Incubator: Hatch Dreams into Dollars,” held Oct. 18 at the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 116th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.

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Study Highlights Independent Pharmacies’ Role in Caring for Underserved Patients

By Kevin Schweers

Independent community pharmacies play a key health role in underserved, inner-city communities and that fact is reaffirmed by some of the results of a study in the November Health Affairs, which also urged policymakers to consider incentives to foster more pharmacies in neglected areas.

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