NCPA Continues Drive for Pharmacy Choice, Competition in Medicare


By Kevin Schweers

This week the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) continues the push for pharmacy choice and the “any willing pharmacy” policy. As part of that effort, a new advertisement to Capitol Hill spreads awareness of an “open letter” to Congress on this issue that was signed by 130+ patient advocacy, pharmacist and business organizations.Roll Call Ad

You can click here to see a copy of the ad. It depicts a community pharmacist helping a Medicare beneficiary and features highlights from the broad-based, open letter to Congress.

It states, “130 patient advocacy, pharmacist and business organizations have a message for Congress:

  • “Give Medicare beneficiaries more convenient access to discounted or “preferred” copays at community pharmacies willing to accept the terms and conditions of Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (PDPs).
  • “Support pharmacy choice in Medicare Part D. Don’t force rural seniors to travel 20+ miles to a “preferred” pharmacy. Allow any willing pharmacy to offer a drug plan’s “preferred” copays.”

The ad concludes by inviting readers to visit NCPA’s Web page dedicated to this issue—www.ncpanet.org/advocacy/pharmacy-choice

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