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NCPA praises N.Y. testing pilot including independent community pharmacies

NCPA praises N.Y. testing pilot including independent community pharmacies

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — During his daily press conference on the coronavirus pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a COVID-19 testing pilot program that will involve independent pharmacies and have the goal of conducting 7,000 tests per week. The pilot is coordinating with the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York and with the state’s network of CPESN clinically integrated pharmacies. The National Community Pharmacists Association,

NCPA issues statement on HHS guidance glarifying COVID-19 testing by pharmacists

NCPA issues statement on HHS guidance glarifying COVID-19 testing by pharmacists

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement today in reaction to new guidance issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services overriding state and local rules preventing pharmacists from administering COVID-19 diagnostic tests: “More widespread testing is the key to winning this battle. The faster we can expand testing, the

NCPA joins push for additional economic recovery assistance

NCPA joins push for additional economic recovery assistance

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has joined the America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, a group of more than 100 business organizations advocating for a dedicated fund to build on federal economic assistance efforts and help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. The ARFC launched last week and already represents 45 percent of the United States workforce, a combined 58 million

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

More than 240 patient, health care groups urge congress to reform pharmacy “DIR fees” this year

More than 240 patient, health care groups urge congress to reform pharmacy “DIR fees” this year

WASHINGTON – More than 240 patient advocates and healthcare entities on Friday urged Congressional leaders to act now on a key reform to lower patients’ prescription drug prices at the pharmacy counter and to help prevent pharmacy closures that jeopardize access for vulnerable Americans. “Members of Congress should not overlook the clear and present opportunity to

Community pharmacy alerts patients about growing risk to local health care

Community pharmacy alerts patients about growing risk to local health care

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As pharmacy benefit managers continue to prioritize profits ahead of patients, the National Community Pharmacists Association has launched Fight4Rx to alert patients to the growing risk that their neighborhood pharmacy may close, not because of COVID-19 but because of excessive profiteering. “PBMs are the middlemen responsible for managing prescription drug benefits for the majority

POTUS can test millions more by including independent pharmacies, says NCPA

POTUS can test millions more by including independent pharmacies, says NCPA

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The administration’s effort to enlist pharmacies as COVID-19 testing centers must include independent, locally-owned pharmacies, otherwise millions of Americans will be left out, said the National Community Pharmacists Association. “One out of five zip codes in the United States don’t have a big chain drug store. They’re served by locally-owned, small business independent

NCPA: Front line pharmacies struggling to pay unfair clawback fees even while fighting COVID-19

NCPA: Front line pharmacies struggling to pay unfair clawback fees even while fighting COVID-19

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As the coronavirus pandemic continues straining small business independent community pharmacies, 115 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are supporting a bipartisan push to include language permanently prohibiting pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration clawbacks by pharmacy benefit managers in future coronavirus relief packages. The letter was led by Reps. Buddy Carter

NCPA lauds N.Y. Gov. Cuomo for authorizing independent pharmacies to serve as COVID-19 test centers

NCPA lauds N.Y. Gov. Cuomo for authorizing independent pharmacies to serve as COVID-19 test centers

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association, which represents over 21,000 independent pharmacies across the country, issued the following statement on behalf of CEO B. Douglas Hoey in response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order authorizing New York’s small business independent pharmacies to serve as COVID-19 testing collection centers: “We are deeply

Local pharmacies overwhelmingly need coronavirus small business aid as reimbursements and cash flow decline

Local pharmacies overwhelmingly need coronavirus small business aid as reimbursements and cash flow decline

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Nearly 90% of community pharmacies will apply for small business federal aid under the CARES Act to help them get through the coronavirus storm, according to a new survey released Monday by the National Community Pharmacists Association. “Pharmacies are ‘essential businesses’ staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep serving their communities,

NCPA praises pharmacists on the front line of COVID-19 fight

NCPA praises pharmacists on the front line of COVID-19 fight

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a new video, National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist, MBA, cheers community pharmacists on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Hoey applauds the pharmacists for being a safety net for their communities and thanks them for their hard work. “Community pharmacists are retooling their practices to

Study: Independent pharmacy is the safety net against COVID-19 for millions of Americans

Study: Independent pharmacy is the safety net against COVID-19 for millions of Americans

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new nationwide analysis of pharmacies shows there are millions of Americans whose only option is a local independent, something policymakers and suppliers must keep in mind as they make their battle plans for COVID-19, said the National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday. “There are thousands of communities in which the only

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 urges enactment of CARES Act to support small business pharmacies

NCPA urges enactment of CARES Act to support small business pharmacies

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is urging passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in a letter to leaders of the House of Representatives. The CARES Act contains protections that would help small businesses pharmacies survive the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation passed the Senate earlier this week and

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