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B. Douglas Hoey

NCPA: Independent pharmacies holding their own

NCPA: Independent pharmacies holding their own

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Independent community pharmacies are making strides in diversifying their revenue despite pressure from thinning prescription reimbursements and narrow pharmacy networks, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association. The 2015 NCPA Digest, released Tuesday and sponsored by Cardinal Health, shows how independent drug stores are serving up new pharmacy services — mainly focused

NCPA to roll out lab test platform for pharmacies

NCPA to roll out lab test platform for pharmacies

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Community pharmacies will be able to offer patients direct access to lab tests and health screenings via a partnership announced by the National Community Pharmacists Association. NCPA said Friday that it will collaborate with consumer-direct lab testing provider Ulta Lab Tests LLC to roll out an online community lab testing platform to

Congress eyes health insurer consolidation

Congress eyes health insurer consolidation

Congressional scrutiny of the recent health insurer mega-mergers is a welcome sight, according to B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association. This summer, health insurer M&As reached a peak with Anthem’s $48 billion purchase of Cigna and Aetna’s $34 billion acquisition of Humana. On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory

NCPA turns spotlight on underpayment for generics

NCPA turns spotlight on underpayment for generics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association said it has compiled evidence that underscores the need for federal sunshine legislation to provide more insight into below-cost reimbursements from pharmacy benefit managers that don’t keep pace with rising market costs for generic drugs. NCPA said Monday that it recently asked members for examples illustrating the

NCPA: Balanced approach needed to thwart Part D fraud

NCPA: Balanced approach needed to thwart Part D fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has called on Congress, Medicare and industry stakeholders to strike a balance in stamping out fraud in Medicare Part D while preserving patient access to critical medications. In comments submitted on Tuesday in conjunction with a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, titled “Medicare Part D: Measures

NCPA applauds lawmakers’ pursuit of MAC pricing transparency

NCPA applauds lawmakers’ pursuit of MAC pricing transparency

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Eleven congressmen have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for information on the enforcement of transparency measures for generic drug payments in Medicare Part D plans for 2016. The National Community Pharmacists Association said Thursday that this week U.S. Reps. Rick Allen (R., Ga.), Rod Blum (R., Iowa), Buddy

Pharmacy groups ask FDA to delay product tracing deadline

Pharmacy groups ask FDA to delay product tracing deadline

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) have asked the Food and Drug Administration to delay enforcement of a July 1 product tracing deadline for dispensers of pharmaceuticals. In a letter this week to the FDA’s Office of Compliance, the three

NCPA lays out community pharmacy legislative agenda

NCPA lays out community pharmacy legislative agenda

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Independent community pharmacists gathered this week at the 2015 National Community Pharmacists Association Annual Legislative Conference to advocate for legislative solutions that preserve patients’ ready access to prescription drugs and pharmacy services. The conference began with a keynote speech from community pharmacist and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter (R., Ga.) and was followed by various panel discussions and policy

NCPA: Senate bill would widen Rx access for seniors

NCPA: Senate bill would widen Rx access for seniors

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The National Community Pharmacists Association has endorsed The Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2015 (S. 1190), a Senate bill that would expand the number of pharmacies that could offer discounted co-payments for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D. The legislation was introduced Tuesday by Sens. Shelly Moore Capito (R.,

NCPA questions TRICARE preferred pharmacy plan

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is giving a thumbs-down to a proposed preferred pharmacy pilot program for TRICARE, the health benefits program for the nation’s armed forces. NCPA said Monday that the program, contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 1735), is scheduled to be considered by

NCPA provides video training for med sync

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has launched “Implementing Med Sync,” a six-part video training series for community pharmacies that want to set up an appointment-based medication synchronization program in their stores. NCPA said Wednesday that the five-minute videos long and cover topics such as getting organized, identifying and enrolling patients in

NACDS, NCPA hail House passage of Rx abuse bill

NACDS, NCPA hail House passage of Rx abuse bill

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 471). NACDS and NCPA noted that the legislation, approved by the House on Tuesday, will help curb abuse of prescription drugs

Below-cost reimbursements pinch pharmacists

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Below-cost reimbursements continue to squeeze community pharmacies in the wake of generic drug price spikes over a year ago, a new survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association finds. NCPA said Tuesday that of the 700 community pharmacists polled, almost all experienced a “large upswing” in the acquisition cost of a generic

NACDS, NCPA endorse Senate MTM bill

NACDS, NCPA endorse Senate MTM bill

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association hailed the Senate’s introduction of legislation that would expand Medicare recipients’ access to medication therapy management (MTM) services. The Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2015 (S. 776) — introduced Wednesday by Sens. Pat Roberts (R., Kan.), Jeanne Shaheen (D.,