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Judge grants stay in case against pharmacy DIR fees

Judge grants stay in case against pharmacy DIR fees

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The National Community Pharmacists Association and the American Pharmacists Association today issued the following statement in response to a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to grant a stay the case, NCPA v. Becerra, which challenges the legality of retroactive pharmacy price concessions, also known as pharmacy direct

NCPA lauds proposed elimination of retroactive fees

NCPA lauds proposed elimination of retroactive fees

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement today on behalf of CEO B. Douglas Hoey in response to a proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule posted this afternoon that would finally bring under control so-called pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees: “This is an encouraging development. We are grateful

January NCPA events for pharmacy teams

January NCPA events for pharmacy teams

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association is pleased to announce these upcoming events for pharmacists and pharmacy team members taking place in January: Beginning Jan. 19 – Diabetes Accreditation Boot Camp. The NCPA Innovation Center is teaming up with PharmFurther to launch the Diabetes Accreditation Boot Camp, a new six-week online course that will

NCPA, PharmFurther launching Diabetes Accreditation Boot Camp

NCPA, PharmFurther launching Diabetes Accreditation Boot Camp

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association’s Innovation Center is teaming up with PharmFurther to launch the Diabetes Accreditation Boot Camp, a new online course that will prepare pharmacy teams to provide Diabetes Self-Management Education and support for patients with diabetes. DSME is a billable, evidence-based service that allows pharmacy teams to improve patients’

With Wyden requests and pharmacy campaign for reforms, calls for PBM restraints continue to grow

With Wyden requests and pharmacy campaign for reforms, calls for PBM restraints continue to grow

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Calls for federal investigations and actions to rein in pharmacy benefit managers are continuing to grow, with the influential Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate recent consolidations in the retail pharmacy market and assess whether large national pharmacy chains and health plans have acted to make this market less

NCPA president participates in virtual town hall on monopolistic markets

NCPA president participates in virtual town hall on monopolistic markets

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – National Community Pharmacists Association president Michele Belcher, owner of Grants Pass Pharmacy in Grants Pass, Ore., today joined a virtual town hall hosted by the American Economic Liberties Project and featuring White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, National Economic Council Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti, and Special Assistant to the President

NCPA supports bipartisan bill to ban PBM spread pricing tactics

NCPA supports bipartisan bill to ban PBM spread pricing tactics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association is proud to support the Drug Price Transparency in Medicaid Act of 2021, which would ban the use of spread pricing by pharmacy benefit managers in Medicaid managed care, require PBMs to reimburse pharmacies at a rate consistent with their acquisition plus a professional dispensing fee, and limit PBMs

NCPA announces December events for pharmacy teams

NCPA announces December events for pharmacy teams

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association is pleased to announce these upcoming NCPA Innovation Center Growth and Profitability events for pharmacists and pharmacy team members taking place in December: • Dec. 2 – NCPA Innovation Center’s Enhanced Services Boot Camp, in Little Rock, Ark., and with a virtual option. This is an intensive course

Pharmacy orgs cheer Eighth Circuit decision supporting state PBM regs

Pharmacy orgs cheer Eighth Circuit decision supporting state PBM regs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Pharmacy organizations are applauding a decision by the Eighth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals today that supports North Dakota’s right to regulate pharmacy benefit managers. The case, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association v. Wehbi, is the first to consider at the federal appellate level the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last year in Rutledge

Small business pharmacist, NCPA member testifying at house forum on role of PBMs in drug pricing

Small business pharmacist, NCPA member testifying at house forum on role of PBMs in drug pricing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – National Community Pharmacists Association member Jonathan Grider will be serving on an expert panel of witnesses for a congressional forum today focusing on the role of pharmacy benefit managers in increasing drug prices. Grider is a third-generation pharmacist and owner of Lake Cumberland Pharmacy, which has two locations in Russell Springs, Ky.

Registration now open for NCPA 2022 multiple locations conference

Registration now open for NCPA 2022 multiple locations conference

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Registration is now open for the National Community Pharmacists Association’s upcoming Multiple Locations Conference, which will be held Feb. 23-26, 2022, in Clearwater, Fla. The Multiple Locations Conference offers one-of-a-kind sessions that facilitate peer-to-peer problem solving and opportunity sharing to meet the unique needs of those who own – or aspire to own

NCPA survey says majority of independent pharmacies affected by ongoing labor, supply chain issues

NCPA survey says majority of independent pharmacies affected by ongoing labor, supply chain issues

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – A new survey of independent pharmacists released by the National Community Pharmacists Association finds that while the majority of independent pharmacy owners/managers are struggling to fill staff positions and deal with supply chain disruptions, market pressures like pharmacy benefit manager direct and indirect remuneration fees and vertical integration continue to be their

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