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Independent Pharmacists Brief Congressional Staff on Need for MAC Transparency and Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation

By Michael Rule

Stacey Swartz, owner of the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray in Alexandria, VA, and George Garmer, owner of Halethorpe Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD, recently took time out of their busy schedules to brief Congressional staffers on the importance of passing H.R. 244, the MAC Transparency Act, and H.R. 793/S. 1190, the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act. Continue reading ‘Independent Pharmacists Brief Congressional Staff on Need for MAC Transparency and Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation’

Pharmacists to Expand Patient Access to Health Care in Washington State

By John Norton

The pharmacy industry’s quest to expand patient access to health care services received a boost on May 12. It happened in Washington. It wasn’t our nation’s capital where there are companion bills gaining steam to address this issue in the U.S. Senate and House (S. 314 and H.R. 592the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act). Instead it occurred in Olympia, Washington where the state’s Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed ESSB 5557 into law. Continue reading ‘Pharmacists to Expand Patient Access to Health Care in Washington State’

Keeping up the heat on Medicare “Preferred Pharmacy” Access

By Kevin Schweers

To better inform patients and caregivers, Medicare officials are preparing “disclaimer language” to accompany marketing material for any Medicare Part D drug plans that fail to offer convenient access to discounted copays at “preferred pharmacies.” The move comes in response to concerns expressed repeatedly by NCPA and others regarding inadequate patient access and exclusionary “preferred” networks. Continue reading ‘Keeping up the heat on Medicare “Preferred Pharmacy” Access’

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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2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey: Transformation of the Pharmacy Profession Continues

By John Norton

Concerns with health care spending continue to fuel the search to find better ways of delivering care. The slow, but steady health care transformation has only accelerated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pharmacists, who have traditionally been underutilized, are efficient and cost-effective professionals uniquely positioned to assist with the ongoing changes in the marketplace.

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