Posts Tagged 'legislation'

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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Supporting #PharmacyChoice for Patients

By Stephanie DuBois, Associate Director, Marketing Communications

Community pharmacists rallied on social media the week of Jan. 13-17, 2014 to highlight the negative impact that exclusive Medicare Part D preferred pharmacy networks have on patients and community pharmacies. Through more than 100 phone calls and emails to Capitol Hill and hundreds of tweets and Facebook posts (using the hashtag #pharmacychoice), we continued to spread our message to patients, health care providers, and elected officials that “preferred” pharmacy networks are not always a cheaper or better option for patients and taxpayers. In fact, tweeters using the #pharmacychoice hashtag made more than 289,000 impressions on Twitter last week alone.

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Legislative Conference Attendees Echo Importance of Pharmacist Grassroots Engagement

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

A few weeks ago, NCPA’s 45th annual Legislative Conference came to a close. While NCPA believes this year’s conference was extremely productive and informative, attendees of the event can better express pharmacist opinions of the value of attending the conference.

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Congressional Attention Focused on Independent Community Pharmacy and Patient Access to Care

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

NCPA’s 45th annual Legislative Conference wrapped up this week, and the timing could not have been more appropriate for independent community pharmacy. It was whirlwind week of legislative activity, to recap:

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Community Pharmacy Advocacy Weeks Underway: Demand Support for Pro-Patient, Pro-Small Business Initiatives

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

April 29 marked the beginning of NCPA’s Community Pharmacy Advocacy Weeks. From April 29-May 10, it is imperative that independent pharmacists from across the country make their voices heard. Many pharmacists will travel to Washington, DC for the NCPA Legislative Conference May 7-8 and use the opportunity to meet directly with legislators and staff. Unfortunately, that is not feasible for everyone.

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Pharmacist Voices Continue to Pave the Way for Policy Successes

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

In August 2012, we highlighted some important grassroots successes and encouraged pharmacists to continue their grassroots involvement to reap future victories. It seems many pharmacists are doing that locally and already achieved some success in 2013 from their efforts. Continue reading ‘Pharmacist Voices Continue to Pave the Way for Policy Successes’

For 2013 Priorities, Pharmacist Engagement Essential for Success

By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

In the days following President Obama’s second inaugural, NCPA ran ads calling on Congress and the White House to pass legislation important to independent community pharmacy. Specifically, NCPA asked Congress to pass legislation to enact common sense PBM reforms, protect patient pharmacy choice and patient access to traditional compounding pharmacies and to allow community pharmacies to provide certain healthcare services.

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