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National Community Pharmacists Association

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

NCPA extending successful campaign exposing “The Truth” about PBMs

NCPA extending successful campaign exposing “The Truth” about PBMs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is extending its “The Truth” campaign, which resulted in 2.5 million impressions and more than 27,000 letters to state lawmakers in its first 12 weeks. Fully launched in January, The Truth seeks to educate state legislators, regulators, and patients about how pharmacy benefit managers operate in the shadows to

NCPA supports bill to expand seniors’ access to preferred local pharmacies

NCPA supports bill to expand seniors’ access to preferred local pharmacies

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association supports legislation reintroduced by Reps. Peter Welch (D, Vt.) and Morgan Griffith (R, Va.) that would give seniors more convenient access to discounted or “preferred” copays for prescription drugs at their pharmacy of choice. The Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act (H.R. 2608) would also empower more seniors

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

Study: More than 8 in 10 adults prefer their local pharmacist over mail order

Study: More than 8 in 10 adults prefer their local pharmacist over mail order

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A large majority of American adults prefer to get their prescription drugs from a local pharmacist instead of a mail order service, mainly because of the personal relationship, according to a new national survey released today by the National Community Pharmacists Association. “Most Americans clearly are not willing to substitute personal care

Local pharmacies administering vaccines in hometowns

Local pharmacies administering vaccines in hometowns

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Some local pharmacies are receiving and administering COVID-19 vaccines in their pharmacies, and more vaccine supply to more local pharmacies is needed in order to accelerate the rate of vaccine administration, the National Community Pharmacists Association says. Independent local pharmacies are uniquely positioned to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines to citizens in their

NCPA files lawsuit against HHS to eliminate spiraling pharmacy DIR fees

NCPA files lawsuit against HHS to eliminate spiraling pharmacy DIR fees

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Today the National Community Pharmacists Association filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations that enable pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that are driving small business neighborhood pharmacies out of business. The lawsuit alleges that the fees are without reasonable transparency, and they conceal from

Community pharmacy makes final push for COVID-19 relief

Community pharmacy makes final push for COVID-19 relief

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association today urged congressional leaders to extend the Paycheck Protection Program and pass several other provisions aimed at helping independent pharmacies on the front line of the fight against COVID-19. “As end-of-year negotiations are underway to finalize a FY21 spending package and COVID-19 relief legislation, we request that you strongly

Independent pharmacies must be part of COVID-19 vaccine solution

Independent pharmacies must be part of COVID-19 vaccine solution

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — With most rural and medically underserved communities relying on the services of independent community pharmacies, integrating these neighborhood pharmacies in coronavirus immunization plans is key in achieving widespread vaccine administration. National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey emphasized independent pharmacists’ accessibility and value to patients to the Trump administration today on

Survey shows community pharmacies ready and able to deliver COVID-19 vaccines

Survey shows community pharmacies ready and able to deliver COVID-19 vaccines

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — A new survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association shows sky-high interest in delivering coronavirus vaccines when they are approved. “Community pharmacists are already doing immunizations, so this is a natural expansion of the health care services they’re already providing,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey. The survey finds that 86% of community pharmacists say

Examine mail order prescription concerns during USPS investigation

Examine mail order prescription concerns during USPS investigation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — After the House Energy and Commerce Committee launched an investigation into potential delivery delays for mail order medications reportedly linked to operational changes at the U.S Postal Service, the National Community Pharmacists Association is urging committee leaders to broaden their investigation to probe long-term problems with mail order prescription plans. For years, NCPA

National pharmacy organizations urge governors to include community-based pharmacies in vaccination plans for COVID-19

National pharmacy organizations urge governors to include community-based pharmacies in vaccination plans for COVID-19

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The fastest and surest way to immunize millions of Americans against COVID-19 is to enlist local pharmacists who see more patients per year than primary physicians, a group of national pharmacy organizations told the National Governors Association today. “To realize the positive outcomes hoped for, all community-based pharmacists and pharmacies must be part of

2020 NCPA Annual Convention going online

2020 NCPA Annual Convention going online

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The 2020 National Community Pharmacists Association Annual Convention is being converted to a virtual meeting, Oct. 18-19, 2020. All the innovative, business-focused programs that attendees have come to expect from NCPA will be available exclusively online in a live and virtual format, including programs focused on answering hard-hitting questions on getting paid

Pharmacy groups tell HHS that any action on rebate rule must involve fixing pharmacy DIR fees

Pharmacy groups tell HHS that any action on rebate rule must involve fixing pharmacy DIR fees

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The country’s leading pharmacy groups said that any action on a prescription drug rebate rule must address skyrocketing fees extracted by pharmacy benefit managers on behalf of plan sponsors in Medicare Part D. “We remind the Administration of the continuous and heightened impact of pharmacy DIR fees imposed by Medicare Part D

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