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NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey

Study: Patients disapprove of PBMs squeezing, steering, shortchanging their pharmacy

Study: Patients disapprove of PBMs squeezing, steering, shortchanging their pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Large majorities say insurance plans and their pharmacy benefit managers should pay pharmacies fairly for COVID-19 drugs and other life-saving medicines, and they shouldn’t tell patients which pharmacies to use or steer them into their own pharmacies, according to a new national consumer survey released Thursday by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

NCPA releases 2021 NCPA Digest report

NCPA releases 2021 NCPA Digest report

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The 2021 NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health, was released Monday as part of the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Annual Convention. The NCPA Digest, which provides an annual overview of independent community pharmacy, found that the industry in 2020 represented 34% of all retail pharmacies in the United States and a $67.1 billion marketplace. “In

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

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, pharmacy stakeholders commend insurance commissioners, encourage PBM reform

NCPA, pharmacy stakeholders commend insurance commissioners, encourage PBM reform

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association and 74 pharmacy stakeholders today submitted joint comments to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners on model legislation to regulate and license pharmacy benefit managers. “When left to their own devices, PBMs are unwilling to play by the rules, operating largely in secret to bring in revenue

Nearly three-quarters of independent pharmacists fear being dragged into court over coronavirus

Nearly three-quarters of independent pharmacists fear being dragged into court over coronavirus

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Local pharmacists on the front lines battling the coronavirus pandemic worry they’re at risk of frivolous lawsuits that limit their ability to care for patients, according to a survey released today by the National Community Pharmacists Association. “Pharmacy small business owners are vulnerable to this kind of litigation because they’ve been on

84% of local pharmacists say patients should have access to experimental COVID-19 treatment

84% of local pharmacists say patients should have access to experimental COVID-19 treatment

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — Local pharmacists overwhelmingly disagree with recent actions by some states to limit the dispensing of a well-established malaria drug as a possible treatment for COVID-19, a new national survey shows. “Our members are clearly worried that this has become a political football,” said B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists

NCPA: Community pharmacy an eager partner in coronavirus containment

NCPA: Community pharmacy an eager partner in coronavirus containment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As the most accessible health care providers in many communities, neighborhood pharmacists are well-positioned to assist with efforts to curb and contain the coronavirus outbreak, the National Community Pharmacists Association said in a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ top emergency preparedness official. Dr. Robert Kadlec, the Assistant

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