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

Pharmacy Roundtable: The challenges and rewards of a seminal time

Pharmacy Roundtable: The challenges and rewards of a seminal time

The pandemic has brought — in addition to peril — promise for pharmacy operators who have become central to testing and vaccination efforts. The impact of the crisis on pharmacy’s present and future, among other topics, was explored during a Chain Drug Review roundtable held virtually in conjunction with the NACDS Total Store Expo. Woldt:

World Pharmacy Council names Hoey to serve as president

World Pharmacy Council names Hoey to serve as president

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey has been elected to simultaneously serve as president of the World Pharmacy Council, an international group with a mission of building international recognition of community pharmacy and its role, policies, and value to citizens around the world. “Community pharmacies in many countries have been integral to

Pharmacies deliver over 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Pharmacies deliver over 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement today by CEO B. Douglas Hoey marking an important milestone in the fight against the coronavirus, with pharmacists having delivered more than 100 million COVID-19 vaccines to Americans: “The fight against COVID is a long way from over, but we are very proud of how

Independent pharmacists blanket congress with letters on pharmacy DIR reform

Independent pharmacists blanket congress with letters on pharmacy DIR reform

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Congress has been buried in letters from members of the National Community Pharmacists Association, a group representing more than 21,000 independent pharmacies, urging passage of legislation to stop the abuse of backdoor fees that have increased by 91,500 percent in recent years. “We know there is strong bipartisan support for reforming pharmacy

NCPA’s Hoey, HHS Sec. Becerra discuss community pharmacy priorities

NCPA’s Hoey, HHS Sec. Becerra discuss community pharmacy priorities

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey today participated in a roundtable discussion with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and leaders of several other provider organizations to discuss the industry’s expanding role in health care. Hoey covered four major priorities for independent pharmacists: Eliminating retroactive price concessions known as

Community pharmacists welcome new FTC chair

Community pharmacists welcome new FTC chair

ALEXANDRIA, Va — The National Community Pharmacists Association congratulated newly-appointed Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan, whose public criticism of vertical mergers in technology is music to the ears of independent pharmacists who are being squeezed by a handful of companies. “NCPA applauds your vigorous review of the antitrust implications of the behaviors of large technology

NCPA lays out community pharmacy priorities

NCPA lays out community pharmacy priorities

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association sent a letter from CEO B. Douglas Hoey to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, congratulating her on her appointment and highlighting independent pharmacy’s critical contributions to the fight against COVID-19, NCPA’s priority issues, and areas for collaboration moving forward. Among other

Tenn. governor signed pro-patient PBM bill Into law

Tenn. governor signed pro-patient PBM bill Into law

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Pharmacy benefit manager reform legislation signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tenn.) is a win for patients and small business pharmacies, the National Community Pharmacists Association says. “PBMs have exploded in size and in influence in recent years but have been permitted to operate with little regulation, to the detriment of

NCPA reacts to government’s response in major HHS case

NCPA reacts to government’s response in major HHS case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement on behalf of CEO B. Douglas Hoey reacting to the government’s response to litigation that would close a regulatory loophole allowing massive corporate middlemen to heap retroactive fees on local pharmacies: “The retroactive fees that PBMs charge increased by 45,000 percent between 2010

NCPA to Gov. Abbott: Enact PBM reforms, support patients and small business pharmacies

NCPA to Gov. Abbott: Enact PBM reforms, support patients and small business pharmacies

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement on behalf of CEO B. Douglas Hoey urging Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) to sign HB 1763, which unanimously passed the state House and Senate: “Pharmacies are among the most trusted and accessible health care providers but unfortunately, PBM overreach threatens their ability to

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