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Jan 12, 2015, 16:13 ET
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NCPA Backs Generic Drug Payment Legislation

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Bipartisan legislation recently introduced, and endorsed today by the National...

Jan 07, 2015, 10:00 ET
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Pharmacists: Aetna Medicare Part D Drug Plans Plagued with Glitches

Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers, in an unwelcome New Year's surprise, are discovering that they are unable to fill prescriptions at...

Dec 16, 2014, 16:39 ET

NCPA: Medicare Study Demands More Pharmacy Competition, Choice

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) issued the following statement today from CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA in response to a...

Dec 11, 2014, 13:29 ET
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NCPA: Better Health, Lower Costs through "Medication Synchronization"

The following statement was released today by B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association: Former Surgeon...

Nov 20, 2014, 14:00 ET
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Pharmacist Testifies: Generic Drug Price Spikes Wreaking Havoc on Patients, Pharmacists and Health Care Payers

A pharmacist testified before a Senate subcommittee today that unprecedented price hikes for formerly inexpensive generic prescription drugs are...

Nov 05, 2014, 10:25 ET

NCPA: Federal Advisory Council Votes Unanimously for More PBM Transparency with ERISA Health Plans

 The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) applauds the Department of Labor (DOL) ERISA Advisory Council for voting unanimously...

Oct 28, 2014, 13:39 ET
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NCPA Digest: Community Pharmacists Promoting Medication Adherence, Generic Drug Savings

Independent community pharmacies are increasingly providing services to support patient compliance with their prescribed drug regimen (or...

Oct 07, 2014, 17:33 ET
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Pharmacists: Pennsylvania's S.B. 405 is Bad News for Patients, Health Care Payers

B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), issued the following statement and letter to the...

Aug 11, 2014, 11:06 ET
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NCPA Launches Any Willing Pharmacy Campaign During August Congressional Recess

 The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) announced today a nationwide campaign to let Congress know the importance of giving...

Jul 31, 2014, 10:21 ET
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Poll: Pharmacy Choice for Seniors Supported by 76% of U.S. Voters

 As members of Congress prepare to see voters during a month-long recess and more lawmakers sign on to cosponsor a bipartisan patient choice...

Jun 10, 2014, 13:42 ET
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Pharmacists, Patient Advocates Urge Congress to Enact Pharmacy Choice in Medicare

In a letter to Congress, 130 pharmacist, patient advocacy and business organizations expressed "unified support" for giving Medicare...

May 20, 2014, 12:03 ET
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NCPA Commends Medicare Steps on Generic Drug Reimbursement; Urges Congress to Enact Any Willing Pharmacy Law

 National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA issued the following statement today in response to the...

May 07, 2014, 12:42 ET
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Pharmacists Endorse Bill to Expand Medicare "Preferred" Pharmacy Networks in Underserved Areas

 Bipartisan legislation that would give many seniors greater choice of pharmacy in their Medicare drug plan has been introduced in the U.S....

Feb 25, 2014, 17:45 ET
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Pharmacists, Members of Congress Offer Support for Proposed Improvements to Medicare Part D

One hundred fifty-one (151) organizations, including the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the National Rural Health...

Jan 03, 2014, 10:05 ET
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Independent Pharmacies to Help Fill Medication Gaps for New ACA/Obamacare Enrollees

 National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, issued the following statement today regarding the 2014...

Dec 19, 2013, 14:03 ET
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Pennsylvania Pharmacists Seek Legislative Relief from Abuses by Drug Plan Middlemen

Pennsylvania jobs, revenue and pharmacies are under attack by obscure, yet powerful, pharmaceutical corporate middlemen and the state's...

Dec 17, 2013, 12:19 ET
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Medicare Reveals Seniors' Mail Order Pharmacy Nightmares

Cases of Waste Highlight Need for Increased PBM Oversight Nearly 1,200 seniors have complained to Medicare this year about a litany of...

Dec 09, 2013, 12:10 ET
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Pharmacists Report Soaring Generic Drug Purchasing Prices Impacting Patients, Pharmacies

Are Drug Middlemen Profiting as Patient Care, Pharmacy Access is Jeopardized? Pharmacy acquisition costs for scores of generic drugs have...

Dec 03, 2013, 15:44 ET
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Medicare Analysis Finds Mail Order Pharmacies Often More Expensive than Community Pharmacies

Mail order pharmacies frequently charge Medicare prescription drug plans (PDPs) more – as much as 83 percent more – than community...

Oct 15, 2013, 10:00 ET
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NCPA Digest: Community Pharmacists Promoting Medication Adherence, Generic Drugs To Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs

Independent community pharmacies are increasingly focused on helping patients stick to their medication (or "medication adherence") and saving...