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NCPA announces finalists for student awards

NCPA announces finalists for student awards

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association announced that three teams of pharmacy students have been named finalists in the 2019 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. Teams of pharmacy students from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, and the University of Texas

Pharmacy united in call for President Trump to act on DIR fee reform

Pharmacy united in call for President Trump to act on DIR fee reform

WASHINGTON — Action by the Trump Administration, Congress or both is needed now to provide relief from pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that inflate drug costs paid by patients and the government, and that force pharmacies to fill Medicare prescriptions often below cost. That was the message delivered Monday in a letter to

Sen. Wyden visits NCPA board member’s community pharmacy

Sen. Wyden visits NCPA board member’s community pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — Sen. Ron Wyden (D, Ore.), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, this week visited Grants Pass Pharmacy in Grants Pass, Ore. Grants Pass Pharmacy is owned by National Community Pharmacists Association board member Michele Belcher, and has been serving the Southern Oregon community since 1933. NCPA senior vice president of government

NCPA, NACDS address DIR pharmacy reform failure

NCPA, NACDS address DIR pharmacy reform failure

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores issued the following statement Thursday after a final drug pricing rule was released and failed to reform pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees, or pharmacy DIR: “We are disappointed and frustrated that this final rule fails to finalize pharmacy

NCPA attends signing of bipartisan opioid relief package

NCPA attends signing of bipartisan opioid relief package

WASHINGTON  – As President Trump signs H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, several National Community Pharmacists Association-supported provisions contained in the opioid package become law. NCPA chief executive officer B. Douglas Hoey and Karry La Violette, NCPA’s senior vice president of government affairs and director

McKesson teams up with NCPA

McKesson teams up with NCPA

BOSTON — McKesson’s RxOwnership team recently partnered with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) for the ninth year to sponsor its Pharmacy Ownership Workshop, to further advance community pharmacy ownership. The Pharmacy Ownership Workshop took place ahead of the NCPA Annual Convention here earlier this month. According to NCPA, more than 50% of past Pharmacy

Health leaders visit community pharmacy owners to promote “gag clause” ban

Health leaders visit community pharmacy owners to promote “gag clause” ban

PITTSBURGH  – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar and Paul Mango, chief principal deputy administrator and chief of staff in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of the Administrator, today visited Spartan Pharmacy in Pittsburgh as part of ongoing efforts to highlight President Trump’s signing into law legislation to ban

NCPA Foundation announces NCPA Annual Convention activities

NCPA Foundation announces NCPA Annual Convention activities

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation has announced its planned activities during the NCPA 2018 Annual Convention in Boston, Mass. on Oct. 6-9. The Foundation’s booth in the NCPA exhibit hall will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about Foundation programs: Dispose My Meds, a national medication disposal program; disaster relief grants, which help

NCPA workshop fosters pharmacy ownership

NCPA workshop fosters pharmacy ownership

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – Ask pharmacist Hashim Zaibak how he came to own 11 pharmacies (all under the Hayat Pharmacy umbrella) in Milwaukee,  and he’ll tell you about a workshop he attended several years ago, conducted by the National Community Pharmacists Association. “I had wanted to own my own store since pharmacy school,” Zaibak said, “But my training was in pharmacy, not business,

NACDS weighs in on burdens associated with DIR fees

ARLINGTON, Va. — The “untenable” procedures around direct and indirect remuneration fees (DIR fees) can be righted with measures reducing costs for beneficiaries and the government, while promoting a more quality-driven health care system, says the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS expressed that message in comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Pharmacies feel the DIR fee pain

Pharmacies feel the DIR fee pain

Suffice it to say, community pharmacies are getting squeezed by retroactive DIR fees. That’s what the results of a survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association said. NCPA reported Friday that, because of retroactive direct and indirect remuneration fees, 84% of independent pharmacy owners polled said they don’t know what their final reimbursement will be at

NACDS, NCPA give input on Medicare Part D changes

NACDS, NCPA give input on Medicare Part D changes

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as it mulls Medicare Part D prescription drug program changes for the 2019 contract year. NACDS said Wednesday that in its comments to CMS the association expressed support for and provided added input

Patients, not PBMs, should choose pharmacy

Patients, not PBMs, should choose pharmacy

WASHINGTON — In recent testimony before the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) chief executive officer B. Douglas Hoey said pharmacists can drive better health outcomes and reduce costs, but first pharmacy benefit managers’ problematic business practices must be addressed through legislative and regulatory channels. As an

Community pharmacy shows its resiliency

Community pharmacy shows its resiliency

Community pharmacy owners occupy a critical position in the pharmacy marketplace and, even more importantly, as health care providers in communities across the country. Most stakeholders in the profession understand the vital marketplace check and balance that independent businesses provide. If only two or three megachain drug stores existed, negotiations with payers would look very

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