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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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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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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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2014 Election: Some Positive Steps for Pharmacists, Patients

By Kevin Schweers

Among the many changes resulting from the Nov. 4, 2014 elections are several encouraging developments for independent community pharmacists and their patients.

First and most notably, Rep.-elect Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) won a convincing 61%-39% victory in Georgia’s First Congressional District. Upon his swearing in, he will become the only pharmacist in the U.S. Congress, where he should be a valuable resource for his colleagues.

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Members of Congress Scrutinize Sky-rocketing Costs of Generic Drugs

By Michael Rule

Last January, NCPA urged Congress to investigate soaring generic drug prices after a member survey found that acquisition costs for some drugs had increased by more than 1,000%, but that reimbursement to pharmacies did not keep up. This call was recently answered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) who launched an inquiry.

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