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B. Douglas Hoey is the chief executive officer at the National Community Pharmacists Association.

NCPA applauds Senate Bill requiring FTC review of PBM mergers

NCPA applauds Senate Bill requiring FTC review of PBM mergers

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association is supporting legislation reintroduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) and Maria Cantwell (D, Wash.) requiring the Federal Trade Commission to study the role and recent merger activity of pharmacy benefit managers, including possible anticompetitive behavior and how PBM actions are affecting patients and pharmacies. NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey

Survey shows independent pharmacists are key to vaccinating vulnerable populations

Survey shows independent pharmacists are key to vaccinating vulnerable populations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new survey of independent pharmacists released by the National Community Pharmacists Association finds that almost half are not getting enough or any doses of the coronavirus vaccine to serve their patients. Forty-seven percent say they are serving populations with a significant minority population. Nearly 80 percent operate in places with fewer

Xavier Becerra confirmed as Biden’s health secretary

Xavier Becerra confirmed as Biden’s health secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Joe Biden’s health secretary, filling a key position in the administration’s COVID-19 response and its major push to lower drug costs, expand insurance coverage, and eliminate racial disparities in medical care. The 50-49 vote makes the 63-year-old Becerra the first Latino

Community pharmacy cheers higher reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccines

Community pharmacy cheers higher reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccines

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement today on behalf of CEO B. Douglas Hoey in response to the Biden administration’s decision to nearly double the Medicare reimbursement rate for administering the COVID-19 vaccine: “The COVID-19 vaccine is only as effective as the distribution system. There are more than 21,000

National survey shows Americans prefer a local health care provider over a mass event to get the COVID-19 vaccines

National survey shows Americans prefer a local health care provider over a mass event to get the COVID-19 vaccines

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new survey released today by the National Community Pharmacists Association shows a strong preference among Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccines from a trusted health care provider, such as their local pharmacist or doctor. According to a survey of 1,390 adults conducted by Public Policy Polling from Feb. 26-27,nearly 4 in 10

NCPA issue statement on Initial Launch of Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

NCPA issue statement on Initial Launch of Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association released the following statement from CEO B. Douglas Hoey, in response to the Biden administration’s plans to ship coronavirus vaccine doses directly to select pharmacies across the country: “When independent pharmacies have access to the vaccine, they are able to quickly get the coronavirus shots in patients’ arms.

NCPA files lawsuit against HHS to eliminate spiraling pharmacy DIR fees

NCPA files lawsuit against HHS to eliminate spiraling pharmacy DIR fees

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Today the National Community Pharmacists Association filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations that enable pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that are driving small business neighborhood pharmacies out of business. The lawsuit alleges that the fees are without reasonable transparency, and they conceal from

Pharmacy Outlook: B. Douglas Hoey, NCPA

Pharmacy Outlook: B. Douglas Hoey, NCPA

On January 10, 2020, cheers erupted in the National Community Pharmacists Association’s headquarters when we learned the U.S. Supreme Court had decided to hear Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, a case to determine whether ERISA preempts a state law regulating pharmacy benefit managers. NCPA has been fighting to rein in PBMs for years, and

Community pharmacy applauds COVID relief package

Community pharmacy applauds COVID relief package

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today issued the following statement on behalf of CEO B. Douglas Hoey in response to the House and Senate passing the long-awaited COVID-19 relief package: “Community pharmacists are essential healthcare providers, and this relief package is essential to them. NCPA appreciates the bipartisan support in Congress, and we are proud to