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Video Forum: Doug Hoey, NCPA

Video Forum: Doug Hoey, NCPA

In this week’s Video Forum, Doug Hoey, chief executive officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association, talks about some of the issues confronting independent drug stores and the larger pharmacy sector. Scope of practice, DIR fees, and Rutledge vs. PCMA, which will be taken up by the Supreme Court in October, are among the subjects

NCPA’s statement on HHS authorizing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines

NCPA’s statement on HHS authorizing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement on behalf of CEO B. Douglas Hoey in response to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidance authorizing pharmacists to order and administer coronavirus vaccinations to persons ages 3 or older, when available: “The country needs pharmacists to be a major player in

NCPA part of Operation Warp Speed

NCPA part of Operation Warp Speed

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey has been invited by the Department of Health and Human Services to serve alongside administration officials and industry executives as part of Operation Warp Speed, the unprecedented race to develop, approve, produce, and distribute hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines for COVID-19. “Developing

NCPA, Oklahoma pharmacists cheer new development in PBM case

NCPA, Oklahoma pharmacists cheer new development in PBM case

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — The National Community Pharmacists Association welcomed a development in a federal court case in which the powerful pharmacy benefit manager lobby is challenging an Oklahoma law that would regulate PBMs, protect patient access, and ensure fairer business practices. “This is a very positive development in a very important case,” said NCPA CEO B.

NCPA Convention: Wherever You Are

NCPA Convention: Wherever You Are

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — Registration opens Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, for the National Community Pharmacists Association 2020 Annual Convention, coming to you this year wherever you are. “This will be the most convenient, most affordable NCPA Convention we’ve ever had,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist, MBA. “If you were unable to attend in previous years because of the cost,

NCPA issues statement on ‘Buy American’ executive order

NCPA issues statement on ‘Buy American’ executive order

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey issued the following statement on President Trump’s new executive order calling for the federal government to buy “essential” drugs and supplies made in the U.S. rather than those from overseas companies: “We wouldn’t buy all our essential equipment for a military operation from China

NCPA urges swift passage of COVID-19 relief, aid for essential businesses

NCPA urges swift passage of COVID-19 relief, aid for essential businesses

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association supports provisions in Senate Republican coronavirus relief legislation presented Monday that would shield essential small businesses from opportunistic lawsuits, provide additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and offer tax credits to offset costs of safety precautions, said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey. Policymakers should swiftly negotiate

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

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