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National Community Pharmacists Association

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

NCPA introduces “essential” campaign for small business relief

NCPA introduces “essential” campaign for small business relief

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The next COVID-19 package should shield essential small businesses from opportunistic lawsuits, extend the Paycheck Protection Program, provide or ensure hazard pay, and let pharmacists administer tests and vaccines, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association, which launched its “Essential” campaign today via social media. “Essential businesses are taking great precautions, sometimes

COVID-19 will have lasting changes in the way local pharmacies operate

COVID-19 will have lasting changes in the way local pharmacies operate

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — COVID-19 is changing the way local pharmacies do business, perhaps for the long term, according to a new survey released Monday by the National Community Pharmacists Association. According to the survey, 61% of community pharmacists anticipate that more pharmacies will be offering point-of-care testing for various illnesses, including COVID-19 when that becomes

Pharmacy groups urge “fundamental reshaping” of health care vertical merger policy

Pharmacy groups urge “fundamental reshaping” of health care vertical merger policy

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and National Community Pharmacists Association collectively urged “reinvigorated and reimagined antitrust enforcement policy” in joint comments submitted Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Earlier this year,

NCPA warns FTC, DOJ that vertical mergers are a problem

NCPA warns FTC, DOJ that vertical mergers are a problem

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The surge in vertical integration in the health care industry has created “an oligopoly of integrated health care companies controlling nearly all aspects of the health care and pharmacy supply chain,” said the National Community Pharmacists Association in comments submitted Tuesday to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice

NCPA CEO says new report should shock policymakers, inspire reforms

NCPA CEO says new report should shock policymakers, inspire reforms

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – A new report by one of the country’s top pharmacy industry analysts shows how giant corporate middlemen are using “obscure” fees to scoop up billions in additional profits at the expense of patients and their neighborhood pharmacies, said the National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday. “It should be shocking to state and

NCPA: Florida report a searing indictment of PBM greed in Medicaid

NCPA: Florida report a searing indictment of PBM greed in Medicaid

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A report released Thursday by the Florida Pharmacy Association and American Pharmacy Cooperative, paints a vivid picture of how pharmacy benefit managers and Medicaid managed care organizations are pushing prescriptions and taxpayer dollars to pharmacies they own or control. The ultimate results, says the National Community Pharmacists Association, are higher costs, fewer choices for patients, and a growing number of neighborhood

NCPA urges CMS to recognize pharmacist services beyond dispensing

NCPA urges CMS to recognize pharmacist services beyond dispensing

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — In comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Community Pharmacists Association urged the agency to enhance coverage of pharmacist-provided care services and reevaluate strict supervision requirements as well as coverage policies for incident-to services. In response to President Trump’s Executive Order #13890 on Protecting and Improving Medicare for

NCPA testifying at Senate hearing on tackling the opioid crisis

NCPA testifying at Senate hearing on tackling the opioid crisis

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – Ronna Hauser, vice president of policy and government affairs operations at the National Community Pharmacists Association, will be testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Tuesday titled, “Tackling the Opioid Crisis: A Whole-of-Government Approach.” The hearing will look at the implementation of two pieces of legislation targeting the opioid crisis, the

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