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National Community Pharmacists Association

FTC should block Prime/ESI acquisition of Magellan, NCPA says

FTC should block Prime/ESI acquisition of Magellan, NCPA says

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The proposed acquisition of Magellan RX Management by Prime Therapeutics LLC/Express Scripts would lead to further consolidation of an already consolidated market, the National Community Pharmacists Association said Monday, urging that the Federal Trade Commission sue to block the merger. Magellan’s primary business is that of a pharmacy benefit manager, wrote NCPA

Pharmacy groups applaud FDA’s action on pharmacist-prescribed COVID-19 antivirals

Pharmacy groups applaud FDA’s action on pharmacist-prescribed COVID-19 antivirals

WASHINGTON – Pharmacy groups praised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the revised Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir), to authorize state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe Paxlovid to eligible patients, with certain limitations to ensure appropriate patient assessment and prescribing of Paxlovid. “The FDA’s action is an extremely important revision for patient access

Pharmacy groups dismiss lawsuit after big win on DIR

Pharmacy groups dismiss lawsuit after big win on DIR

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association and the American Pharmacists Association announced Thursday that they have voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit dating back to the previous administration. The two groups were the lead plaintiffs in the federal case against the secretary of HHS. “We’ve been fighting in Congress for years to end retroactive pharmacy

Medical-at-home services guidance a win for patients

Medical-at-home services guidance a win for patients

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association is cheering new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidance clarifying that Medicare Part D dispensing fees can include additional costs for specialized services typically provided in the institutional care setting, such as delivery and special packaging, for enrollees with institutionalized level of care needs who are instead residing

NCPA makes end of year push for N.Y. Assembly’s Pharmacy Rescue Package

NCPA makes end of year push for N.Y. Assembly’s Pharmacy Rescue Package

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association is supporting pharmacists in New York as they call for Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) to enact three bills in the Pharmacy Rescue Package and protect patient access to local pharmacy care. The bills have been sitting on Hochul’s desk for several months after the package was passed

NCPA offering events for pharmacists in November

NCPA offering events for pharmacists in November

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The National Community Pharmacists Association is announcing the following upcoming events for pharmacists and pharmacy team members taking place throughout the month of November: Nov. 4 – Expanding on COVID-19 Immunizations: The Pediatric Population webinar. COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 through 11 could hit stores as soon as the first week of November.

Hoey to FTC: Investigate and fix anticompetitive PBM contracting

Hoey to FTC: Investigate and fix anticompetitive PBM contracting

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The vertical mergers of health insurance plans/pharmacy benefit managers with retail and mail order pharmacies is a “particularly pernicious example of consolidation that has resulted in substantial actual harm to competition,” the National Community Pharmacists Association said in comments to the Federal Trade Commission about contract terms that may exacerbate or lock

NCPA issues response to Biden’s executive order on promoting competition

NCPA issues response to Biden’s executive order on promoting competition

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — Following President Biden’s executive order promoting competition in the U.S. economy, the National Community Pharmacists Association is urging greater focus on drug pricing and the health care sector. NCPA is specifically pushing the administration to address pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees, as well as examine anticompetitive conduct of pharmacy benefit managers and

NCPA announces finalists for 2021 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition

NCPA announces finalists for 2021 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is pleased to announce that teams of pharmacy students from the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, and the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy have been named finalists in the 2021 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte

World Pharmacy Council names Hoey to serve as president

World Pharmacy Council names Hoey to serve as president

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey has been elected to simultaneously serve as president of the World Pharmacy Council, an international group with a mission of building international recognition of community pharmacy and its role, policies, and value to citizens around the world. “Community pharmacies in many countries have been integral to

Pharmacies deliver over 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Pharmacies deliver over 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement today by CEO B. Douglas Hoey marking an important milestone in the fight against the coronavirus, with pharmacists having delivered more than 100 million COVID-19 vaccines to Americans: “The fight against COVID is a long way from over, but we are very proud of how

NCPA applauds senate scrutiny of anticompetitive PBM behavior

NCPA applauds senate scrutiny of anticompetitive PBM behavior

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — As policymakers continue probing antitrust and consolidation issues across various industries, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights held a hearing Tuesday to examine competition within the pharmaceutical marketplace. In its statement for the record, the National Community Pharmacists Association pushed the subcommittee to scrutinize the role of vertically integrated

Independent pharmacists blanket congress with letters on pharmacy DIR reform

Independent pharmacists blanket congress with letters on pharmacy DIR reform

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Congress has been buried in letters from members of the National Community Pharmacists Association, a group representing more than 21,000 independent pharmacies, urging passage of legislation to stop the abuse of backdoor fees that have increased by 91,500 percent in recent years. “We know there is strong bipartisan support for reforming pharmacy

Community pharmacists welcome new FTC chair

Community pharmacists welcome new FTC chair

ALEXANDRIA, Va — The National Community Pharmacists Association congratulated newly-appointed Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan, whose public criticism of vertical mergers in technology is music to the ears of independent pharmacists who are being squeezed by a handful of companies. “NCPA applauds your vigorous review of the antitrust implications of the behaviors of large technology

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