Pharmacy Closures With A Twist

By John Norton

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) tracks newspaper articles about independent community pharmacy closings to follow why such pharmacies close. The reasons are often related to the challenges community pharmacies face often due to predatory business tactics of largely unregulated pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Currently topping the lists of reasons are PBM reimbursements for generic prescription drugs that fail to keep up with spiking acquisition costs and exclusionary Medicare Part D “preferred pharmacy” plans.

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That Man Behind the Curtain? Pay No Attention

By Kevin Schweers

Confusion and complexity are arguably critical to how pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are so profitable. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that those methods are also integral to their most recent efforts to thwart pro-patient, pro-pharmacist policies.

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Community Pharmacists Are Also Environmentalists

By Stephanie DuBois, Director, Marketing Communications

When you think of a pharmacist, the word “environmentalist” may not immediately come to mind, but those two words are synonymous when it comes to proper medication disposal. For years, pharmacists have been counseling patients not only on how and when to take their medications, but also on how to dispose of any leftover meds safely. From start to finish, pharmacists are there to help you with your prescription drug regimen, and community pharmacists continue to lead the charge when it comes to offering patients a safe, reliable resource for medication disposal through the Dispose My Meds™ program.

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Southern California Pharmacists Expanding Their Role

By John Norton

An intriguing example of how pharmacist-driven pilot programs are helping to reinvent health care is contained in the Los Angeles Times’ article by Soumya Karlamangla called “Pharmacists try a more personal approach to treatment”. Continue reading ‘Southern California Pharmacists Expanding Their Role’

Medicare Part D Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation Supported by Key Consumer Organizations

By Michael Rule

Recently, a dozen patient rights and consumer-oriented organizations sent a letter to Congress endorsing H.R. 793, the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act. Continue reading ‘Medicare Part D Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation Supported by Key Consumer Organizations’

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’

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