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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

NCPA set for Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

NCPA set for Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Starting tomorrow, hundreds of community pharmacists will be gathering in Washington, D.C., for the National Community Pharmacists Association 2017 NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In. NCPA said that on April 26 and 27 pharmacists will meet with members of Congress to advocate for a legislative agenda aimed at improving patient access to prescription drugs

NCPA backs bill to boost preferred Rx network access

NCPA backs bill to boost preferred Rx network access

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has endorsed legislation to foster pharmacy participation in preferred networks in Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. NCPA said the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2017 (H.R. 1939), introduced by Reps. Morgan Griffith (R., Va.) and Peter Welch (D., Vt.), would enable pharmacies in

Senator: C-THRU bill ‘shines light’ on drug pricing

Senator: C-THRU bill ‘shines light’ on drug pricing

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) has introduced the Creating Transparency to Have Drug Rebates Unlocked Act (C-THRU), aimed at bringing more visibility into prescription drug pricing by pharmacy benefit managers. The C-THRU legislation, initiated Wednesday in the Senate Finance Committee, would require PBMs serving Medicare Part D plans to disclose the aggregate rebates

Senate confirms Tom Price as HHS secretary

WASHINGTON — Vowing to fix what he called a “broken health care system,” Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) was sworn in earlier this month as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retail pharmacy groups responded by welcoming Price to his new post as HHS secretary. “We congratulate Rep. Tom Price on

NCPA ups the ante in pharmacy advocacy

NCPA ups the ante in pharmacy advocacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has made several staff appointments and enlisted a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm to augment its federal, state and media relations efforts. NCPA said Thursday that Kevin Schweers has been named as senior vice president of government and public affairs and director of the NCPA Advocacy Center. The

Congress reintroduces DIR fee legislation

Congress reintroduces DIR fee legislation

WASHINGTON — Reps. Morgan Griffith (R., Va.) and Peter Welch (D., Vt.) have reintroduced the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act (H.R. 1038), which community pharmacies say would squelch a growing burden: retroactive direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees. The bill, introduced Wednesday in the House of Representatives, would ban the application

Provider status bill returns to House

Provider status bill returns to House

WASHINGTON — Just about a week after being reintroduced in the Senate, the pharmacy provider status bill is now once again before the House of Representatives. Reps. Brett Guthrie (R., Ky.), G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), Ron Kind (D., Wis.) and Tom Reed (R., N.Y.) on Friday introduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act