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NACDS applauds Nevada’s new law to help curb opioid abuse

NACDS applauds Nevada’s new law to help curb opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va. — On Tuesday the NACDS praised Nevada’s enactment of an electronic prescribing bill (AB 310) that would require prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids, to be submitted electronically, which will help in the fight against opioid abuse. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed the bill into law June 7, and it will become

Pharmacy united in call for President Trump to act on DIR fee reform

Pharmacy united in call for President Trump to act on DIR fee reform

WASHINGTON — Action by the Trump Administration, Congress or both is needed now to provide relief from pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that inflate drug costs paid by patients and the government, and that force pharmacies to fill Medicare prescriptions often below cost. That was the message delivered Monday in a letter to

NACDS TSE to feature former secretary of state John Kerry

NACDS TSE to feature former secretary of state John Kerry

ARLINGTON, Va. – 2019 NACDS Total Store Expo (NACDS TSE) attendees will hear from former Secretary of State and five-term U.S. Senator John Kerry at the always-anticipated Sunday Business Program. In his more than three decades of public service, Kerry has earned respect around the globe. He also is one of the most iconic political

Hy-Vee advocates for fast DIR reform

Hy-Vee advocates for fast DIR reform

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  — Hy-Vee on Friday expressed dismay that a new Medicare rule did not provide relief from pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that inflate senior citizens’ prescription drug costs. A proposal advanced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and supported by Hy-Vee was not included in the final rule published on

NCPA, NACDS address DIR pharmacy reform failure

NCPA, NACDS address DIR pharmacy reform failure

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores issued the following statement Thursday after a final drug pricing rule was released and failed to reform pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees, or pharmacy DIR: “We are disappointed and frustrated that this final rule fails to finalize pharmacy

2019 NACDS Annual Meeting highlights

2019 NACDS Annual Meeting highlights

The 2019 NACDS Annual Meeting is happening right now in Palm Beach, Fla. Watch video highlights from yesterday’s program, featuring best-selling author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and business developments during the Strategic Exchange Appointments.

NACDS launches online resource tool

NACDS launches online resource tool

ARLINGTON,  Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Wednesday announced the online “NACDS Optimizing Care Process Guide,” a resource for states, pharmacies and others seeking to increase patients’ access to clinical care delivered in community pharmacies. This initiative aligns with other efforts to empower pharmacists to improve patients’ health outcomes, and with

Pharmacy groups support CMS’ rejection of below-cost medicaid dispensing fees in Washington State

Pharmacy groups support CMS’ rejection of below-cost medicaid dispensing fees in Washington State

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS, the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) filed an important legal brief last week in support of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) rejection of Washington State’s below-cost reimbursement of community pharmacies providing care and services to Medicaid patients, as inconsistent with federal

NACDS brings timely message to the Hill

NACDS brings timely message to the Hill

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores mobilized an impressive array of pharmacy advocates earlier this month to inform, educate and motivate members of Congress and other federal officials about the need to support policies that enable members of the profession to serve patients effectively. The 424 pharmacy proponents — including key executives from many

NACDS lauds bill to mitigate opioid abuse

NACDS lauds bill to mitigate opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va.— The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Friday welcomed Senate legislation that would limit to a seven-day supply the initial prescriptions of opioids for acute pain —  a move that is consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) and Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) announced the

NACDS praises Arkansas e-prescribing law preventing opioid abuse

NACDS praises Arkansas e-prescribing law preventing opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) praises the enactment of an electronic prescribing bill (SB 174), for controlled substance prescriptions for Schedule II through Schedule VI, which will help prevent opioid abuse. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed the bill into law March 13, which will become effective January 1, 2021. NACDS

NACDS urges adoption of DIR reform

NACDS urges adoption of DIR reform

ARLINGTON, Va. – In a statement to the Senate Finance Committee Thursday, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores stressed the importance of finalizing Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Alex Azar’s proposals to reform pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees, and of developing a standardized pharmacy quality incentive program. “The FY2020 HHS Budget

NACDS urges DIR fee reform in op-ed piece

NACDS urges DIR fee reform in op-ed piece

ARLINGTON, Va. – Morning Consult Friday published an opinion piece by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) entitled “DIR Fee Reform: Lining Up Another Win for Patients on Drug Costs.” The op-ed emphasizes the threat of DIR (direct and indirect remuneration) fees and lays out the ways in which DIR fee reform will

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