Archive for April, 2013

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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NCPA Keeps Up Call for PBM Transparency

NCPA continues to be a leading advocate for greater transparency from pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and renewed that call in written comments submitted recently to Medicare officials.

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Arkansas Pharmacists Help Enact Generic Drug Pricing Transparency Law

Congratulations to the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA) and all Arkansas pharmacists on enactment of S.B. 1138, legislation to bring transparency, among other reforms, to generic drug reimbursement limits known as maximum allowable costs (MACs). The bill was signed into law April 12 by Governor Mike Beebe (D).

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Medicare Chief Queried on Medicare Part D Preferred Pharmacy Plans

Concerns over Medicare “preferred pharmacy” drug plans have now reached Medicare’s top executive and another U.S. Senator.

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NCPA Seeks Continued Medicare Action on Patient, Pharmacist Concerns

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is set to formally consider today the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to serve as the top executive, or Administrator, of the Medicare and federal Medicaid programs at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Ms. Tavenner currently serves as Acting Administrator. In recent months, Medicare has begun to take steps to address some concerns of patients and their community pharmacists.

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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’

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