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NCPA Urges Clear Disclosure on “Preferred Pharmacy” Access Limitations

By Kevin Schweers

NCPA expressed strong support in comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a new requirement that Medicare prescription drug plan sponsors provide clear disclosure to beneficiaries when prescription drug plans that advertise “preferred cost sharing” (access to lower co-pays) fail to meet minimum access thresholds in certain geographic areas.

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NCPA Ads Champion Pharmacy Choice, Generic Drug Payment Issues

By Kevin Schweers

Community pharmacists will blanket hundreds of Congressional offices this week in conjunction with the NCPA Legislative Conference. To augment their efforts to advance pro-patient, pro-pharmacist policies NCPA developed advertisements for the Washington audience.

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PBM Lobbyist’s Testimony Helps Make Case for Greater MAC Scrutiny

By Michael Rule

During recent testimony before the Florida House Health Innovation Subcommittee, a representative for Express Scripts, the nation’s largest Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM), testified that there are 2,000 brand name drugs with no generic alternative, subject to maximum allowable costs (MAC) pricing. (Video available here, Express Scripts Testimony Starts at the 59:40 mark)

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Pharmacists More Satisfied, Confident in Care Provided at Independent Community Pharmacies, Survey Finds

By Kevin Schweers

Pharmacists who practice in an independent community pharmacy are significantly more satisfied with their work and far less likely to say that workload issues negatively impact the quality of patient care, compared to their counterparts in national chain and mass merchant settings, according to the first National Pharmacist Workforce Survey in five years.

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NCPA President Mark Riley Addresses Association’s Annual Meeting

By Kevin Schweers

NCPA President Mark Riley, PharmD, addressed the NCPA 116th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Austin, Texas today, discussing the term as President that he is concluding and the community pharmacy industry in general. Continue reading ‘NCPA President Mark Riley Addresses Association’s Annual Meeting’

NCPA Offers Medicare Recommendations for Pharmacy Care for Hospice Patients

By Kevin Schweers

NCPA is providing feedback and suggestions to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) officials grappling with unintended consequences impacting patient care in hospice settings stemming from a new policy the agency implemented May 1, 2014.

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NCPA Cautions Texas Pharmacy Board against Scrapping Pharmacist-Technician Staffing Requirements

By Kevin Schweers

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has written to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy in opposition to a proposal eliminating the pharmacist-to-technician ratio requirement for retail/community pharmacies (licensed in Texas as “Class A” pharmacies). Continue reading ‘NCPA Cautions Texas Pharmacy Board against Scrapping Pharmacist-Technician Staffing Requirements’


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