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DIR fee relief urged in NACDS’ new campaign

DIR fee relief urged in NACDS’ new campaign

ARLINGTON, Va. – Pharmacy “DIR fees” that have exploded by 45,000 percent from 2010 to 2017 are inflating seniors’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and forcing pharmacies out of business. These pharmacy “direct and indirect remuneration” (DIR) fees must be addressed in drug-pricing legislation. That message about DIR fees is the subject of a new cable, broadcast and

NACDS praises Missouri’s e-prescribing Law

NACDS praises Missouri’s e-prescribing Law

ARLINGTON, Va.— The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on Monday praised Missouri’s enactment of SB 514, which requires electronic prescriptions for controlled substances, with specified exceptions, effective January 1, 2021. The measure is vital for helping to address the opioid-abuse epidemic by reducing fraud and abuse. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) signed the

John S. McCain Opioid Addiction Prevention Act gains broad support

John S. McCain Opioid Addiction Prevention Act gains broad support

ARLINGTON, Va. — The bipartisanship of the John S. McCain Opioid Addiction Prevention Act (S. 724/H.R. 1614) is matched by its diverse support among addiction experts, pain management specialists, patient advocates and pharmacies, as indicated by a letter from 42 entities – and growing – to members of the U.S. Congress. American Society of Addiction

NACDS commends Kansas’ e-prescribing law

NACDS commends Kansas’ e-prescribing law

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS Tuesday praised Kansas’ enactment of an electronic prescribing bill (HB 2119) that would require all prescriptions for controlled substances in Schedules II-V that contain an opiate to be submitted electronically, which will help in the fight against opioid abuse. Enacted in April, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) held a ceremonial bill

Anderson has additional role on ASAE board

Anderson has additional role on ASAE board

WASHINGTON — The Leadership Committee of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the ASAE Foundation has selected Steven Anderson, president and chief executive officer, National Association of Chain Drug Stores as their new secretary-treasurer. This volunteer officer role places Anderson in line ultimately to serve as ASAE’s chairman. Anderson currently serves on ASAE’s board

NACDS applauds new Texas law to help curb opioid abuse

NACDS applauds new Texas law to help curb opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS Tuesday praised Texas’ enactment of a bill (HB 2174) to address opioid abuse and addiction, while providing key safeguards to address the needs of those suffering from chronic pain. Specifically, the new law will require electronic prescribing for controlled substances, to help prevent fraud and abuse. It also will limit the

NACDS TSE to feature former secretary of state John Kerry

NACDS TSE to feature former secretary of state John Kerry

ARLINGTON, Va. – 2019 NACDS Total Store Expo (NACDS TSE) attendees will hear from former Secretary of State and five-term U.S. Senator John Kerry at the always-anticipated Sunday Business Program. In his more than three decades of public service, Kerry has earned respect around the globe. He also is one of the most iconic political

NACDS expands recommendations for opioid abuse prevention

NACDS expands recommendations for opioid abuse prevention

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has announced four more policy recommendations for opioid abuse prevention. The new proposals build on current policies backed by NACDS, which are achieving results at the federal and state levels. The new recommendations include: • Prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) improvements; • Reforms in

NACDS launches online resource tool

NACDS launches online resource tool

ARLINGTON,  Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Wednesday announced the online “NACDS Optimizing Care Process Guide,” a resource for states, pharmacies and others seeking to increase patients’ access to clinical care delivered in community pharmacies. This initiative aligns with other efforts to empower pharmacists to improve patients’ health outcomes, and with

NACDS praises Arkansas e-prescribing law preventing opioid abuse

NACDS praises Arkansas e-prescribing law preventing opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) praises the enactment of an electronic prescribing bill (SB 174), for controlled substance prescriptions for Schedule II through Schedule VI, which will help prevent opioid abuse. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed the bill into law March 13, which will become effective January 1, 2021. NACDS

Advocacy, awards highlight NACDS RxIMPACT Day

Advocacy, awards highlight NACDS RxIMPACT Day

WASHINGTON – An impressive force of 424 advocates from all 50 states reached every Congressional office during the 2019 National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. Since its inception in 2009, the groundbreaking event has seen a 200% total participation increase, including representation from 60% of colleges and schools of

NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill will keep DIR fee reform front-and-center

NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill will keep DIR fee reform front-and-center

ARLINGTON, Va. — In just over two weeks, pharmacy advocates from all 50 states will travel to Washington, D.C. for NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. With direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform headlining the agenda, this event will make a powerful statement to the Trump Administration and to Congress about the crucial need

NACDS, NCPA thank patient, consumer groups for stance on DIR fee reform

NACDS, NCPA thank patient, consumer groups for stance on DIR fee reform

ARLINGTON, Va.— The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Tuesday lauded 24 patient and consumer groups for advocating for pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator

NACDS, NCPA praise senate action to reduce patient drug costs

NACDS, NCPA praise senate action to reduce patient drug costs

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Tuesday praised a bipartisan Senate letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. The letter thanked the Secretary for concepts in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule, Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage

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