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Week of Mon, Mar 10th, 2014

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy converges on the Hill

More than 400 community pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and other pharmacy advocates from 40 states traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in the 6th Annual NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill.

NCPA ups ante in fight against preferred networks

In the wake of an unfavorable decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Community Pharmacists Association has stepped up its legislative campaign against restrictions on preferred pharmacy networks.

Cardinal tool kit teaches kids about medicine safety

The Cardinal Health Foundation and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy have introduced the Medication Safety tool kit, designed to teach children about the dangers of medicine poisoning.

Walmart, Rite Aid join effort questioning FDA's proposed rule on drug labeling

Walmart and Rite Aid Corp. have joined with nearly two dozen organizations in the health care supply chain to urge the Food and Drug Administration to re-examine its proposed rule on pharmaceutical labeling.

NCPA backs state bill for more Rx cost transparency

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R.) is being urged by the National Community Pharmacists Association to sign into law a bill that would give community pharmacies more transparency into a pharmacy benefit manager's pricing for multiple-source generic drugs, as well as the ability to challenge it.

NACDS highlights role of pharmacy in 2015 U.S. budget

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has called on Congress to assess key pharmacy provisions in the Obama administration's 2015 federal budget proposal.

Legislation aims to expand scope of pharmacist services reimbursed under Medicare

In a move hailed by pharmacy trade groups, three congressmen have introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would expand the scope of health care services that pharmacists provide under the Medicare program.

Navarro's Vida Mia private label reaches milestone

Navarro Discount Pharmacy is continuing to see strong acceptance and sales growth of its Vida Mia private label, which is marking its two-year anniversary.

Poll: Chronic pain sufferers 'uncomfortable' during pharmacy visits

As health providers and authorities step up efforts to thwart abuse of opioid painkillers, many chronic pain patients feel uncomfortable when they visit their pharmacy, according to a survey by the National Pain Foundation.

CMS pulls key items from proposed Part D changes

A provision that would broaden participation in preferred pharmacy networks was among several measures dropped by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its proposed regulation for 2015 Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.

New Rite Aid program creates health care team

In an initiative called a first for the drug store industry, Rite Aid Corp. has introduced the Rite Aid Health Alliance, a new program in which various health care professionals work as a care team to help people with chronic and polychronic health conditions meet health improvement goals set by their doctors.

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