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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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Payers Call for Greater PBM Transparency

By Michael Rule

For years, NCPA has been at the forefront in calling for greater transparency in the operations of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), from highlighting difficulties plan sponsors often have in auditing their PBM to noting PBM practices that may increase costs to plans while increasing profits for the PBMs. While the PBMs claim there is already adequate transparency, their policies are drawing increased scrutiny.

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Pharmacists Tweet, Share, and Inspire During 2nd Annual #Pharmacist Tweet-a-Thon

By Stephanie DuBois, Director, Marketing Communications

Even though American Pharmacists Month draws to a close today, our message about the positive impact that pharmacists have on their patients, communities, and health care will continue to ring loud and clear throughout the year.

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The Afternoon After

By Kurt A. Proctor, Ph.D., RPh, NCPA Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

So where was I? Oh yeah, I was recapping the standing room only NCPA post-convention program, Networking for High Performance Pharmacies; part of NCPA’s active leadership role on behalf of our members to put them in the best possible position as these trends continue and accelerate.

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The Morning After

By Kurt A. Proctor, Ph.D., RPh, NCPA Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

After a great NCPA Annual Meeting in Austin, we weren’t done. On Wednesday, October 22nd we kept the momentum going with a day-long “Networking for High Performance Pharmacies” program for a standing room only crowd of 140 industry leaders. This provocative program afforded like-minded pharmacists not only the opportunity to get to know each other but to engage with public and private payers to hear about their plans for pay-for-performance and quality related network inclusion criteria.

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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’


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