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B. Douglas Hoey

NCPA CEO urges federal action on PBMs

NCPA CEO urges federal action on PBMs

 At a health subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), called for legislative and regulatory action on pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) business practices to help rein in prescription drug costs. The hearing, titled “Examining the Drug Supply Chain”

Former Lilly exec Alex Azar tabbed to head HHS

Former Lilly exec Alex Azar tabbed to head HHS

WASHINGTON — Biopharmaceutical industry executive Alex Azar has been nominated as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fill the post vacated by Tom Price. Azar is currently founder and chairman of Seraphim Strategies LLC, an Indianapolis-based consultancy focused on the biopharma and health insurance industries, including biopharmaceutical sales, marketing, pricing,

Independent drug stores hold their own in Rx market

Independent drug stores hold their own in Rx market

More often than not, independent drug stores are overshadowed by the big retail chains. While it’s understandable why individual pharmacists who own one or two locations do not receive the same level of attention as the top pharmacy operators, the largest of which each have thousands of stores across the United States, in the aggregate

President’s opioid crisis commission issues report

President’s opioid crisis commission issues report

WASHINGTON — The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has issued its final report, which includes 56 recommendations to the Trump administration to help fight opioid abuse. President Donald Trump formed the presidential commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R.), in a March 29 executive order as a way

Independent pharmacies keep care at forefront

Independent pharmacies keep care at forefront

ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite pharmaceutical market changes pressuring their businesses, independent pharmacies remain a mainstay care destination for millions of Americans, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2017 NCPA Digest. NCPA said Monday that its annual benchmarking survey, sponsored by Cardinal Health Inc., finds that independent community pharmacies continue to broaden their scope of

NCPA stands up for independents in tax reform debate

NCPA stands up for independents in tax reform debate

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — With tax reform now topping the congressional and Trump administration agendas, the National Community Pharmacists Association is speaking up on behalf of independent pharmacies. NCPA said Tuesday that it has sent a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Kevin Brady (R., Texas), chairman

Pharmacy isn’t idle as it works for provider status

Pharmacy isn’t idle as it works for provider status

For many pharmacists, provider status is the Holy Grail — seemingly in range yet still agonizingly beyond their grasp. While some pharmacists already provide clinical services to patients — from immunizations to medication therapy and chronic disease management to health coaching and point-of-care testing — a reliable, third-party compensation model for those services has yet

NCPA, APA file brief in drug pricing case

NCPA, APA file brief in drug pricing case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association and the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA) have filed an amici curiae brief in federal court against a challenge by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA). NCPA said the brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, supports Arkansas in a lawsuit initiated by

American Health Care Act falls short on coverage

American Health Care Act falls short on coverage

WASHINGTON — The drive to repeal and replace Obama­care has hit a roadblock. The Congressional Budget Office found that the G.O.P.-led American Health Care Act (AHCA) would leave 23 million more people uninsured in a decade. The CBO assessment cast further doubt on the chances of the Senate passing a similar bill to the AHCA,

NCPA keeps Rx top of mind amid ACA overhaul

NCPA keeps Rx top of mind amid ACA overhaul

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As the Senate gauges the House of Representatives’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the National Community Pharmacists Association has called for the retention of key pharmacy-related elements. NCPA on Thursday said it sent a letter to the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and a 12-member working group of

NCPA partnership aims to drive patient engagement

NCPA partnership aims to drive patient engagement

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has partnered with Union Springs Healthcare (USH) to spur more pharmacist-patient interaction. NCPA said that, under the partnership, it will offer independent pharmacies USH’s Companion Care Counseling (CCC) Program, aimed at fostering more constructive pharmacist-patient interaction to address common health problems or side effects from prescription drug

House passes bill to repeal Affordable Care Act

House passes bill to repeal Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today narrowly approved a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Legislators voted 217-213 to overturn many of the law’s popular consumer protections, eliminate the individual mandate, and recast the insurance market. “This bill delivers on the promises that we have made to the American people,” said House Speaker

NCPA Fly-In amplifies voice of community pharmacy

NCPA Fly-In amplifies voice of community pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Community pharmacy made its voice heard on Capitol Hill this week. The National Community Pharmacists Association said Friday that it tallied hundreds of engagements with lawmakers at the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In, held April 26 and 27. Coming to Washington from 37 states, community pharmacists visited more than 250 congressional offices for

What’s the story with PBMs?

What’s the story with PBMs?

A lobbying event in Washington has triggered salvoes between two combatants: independent community pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers. The National Community Pharmacists Association is holding its Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In advocacy drive this week, where it will also release “The PBM Story: What They Say, What They Do, and What Can Be Done About It,” offered