Posts Tagged 'pharmacist'

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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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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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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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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