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Dec 04, 2017, 15:11 ET NCPA Statement on CVS Bid to Acquire Aetna

In a statement, National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, Pharmacist, MBA, says the announced merger of CVS Health and Aetna...


Nov 20, 2017, 14:06 ET NCPA Statement on Medicare Part D Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule for the 2019 Medicare Part D plan year includes important provisions to address...


Nov 08, 2017, 11:53 ET NCPA Makes the Case for PBM Reform at FTC Workshop

During a Federal Trade Commission workshop today, the National Community Pharmacists Association outlined some troublesome business practices...


Oct 16, 2017, 09:00 ET NCPA Releases 2017 Digest

The 2017 NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health, was unveiled today at the National Community Pharmacists Association's Annual Convention in...


Sep 28, 2017, 10:54 ET Study Finds Medicare 'DIR Fee' Legislation Would Save Government Billions

Eliminating retroactive pharmacy payment reductions—or post point-of-sale pharmacy "DIR fees"—in Medicare Part D would save the federal government...


Apr 25, 2017, 10:00 ET New NCPA Resource Tells the Real Story of PBMs…and What Can Be Done About It

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has released a new resource that documents for policymakers, patients, and the media the...


Mar 29, 2017, 12:14 ET 118 Health Care Groups Support Bills Banning Retroactive Pharmacy DIR Fees

In a strong display of unity, 118 health care organizations have signed on to letters supporting companion bills in the Senate and House of...


Feb 15, 2017, 09:33 ET NCPA Supports House Legislation to End Retroactive Pharmacy DIR Fees

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today endorsed bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Peter...


Oct 18, 2016, 12:00 ET PrescribeWellness Partners with NCPA as Official Medication Synchronization Technology of Simplify My Meds®

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced that PrescribeWellness, the cloud-based services company whose mission is to...


Oct 18, 2016, 11:00 ET Independent Community Pharmacies Vital to Patient Medication Access, NCPA Digest Finds

Independent community pharmacies are a critical prescription drug access point for patients, particularly in underserved areas, according to the...


Sep 26, 2016, 11:40 ET Broad Support Emerges for Proposed Ban on Retroactive DIR Fees

 A wide array of 99 pharmacy stakeholders recently wrote to the sponsors and original co-sponsors of S. 3308/H.R. 5951, the Improving...


Sep 08, 2016, 14:20 ET NCPA Champions Bill to Boost Medicare Transparency, Ban Retroactive "DIR Fees"

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today strongly endorsed new legislation that would increase transparency and accuracy in...


Jul 19, 2016, 14:49 ET NCPA Announces Innovation Center to Help Independent Community Pharmacies Evolve in a Changing Health Care Environment

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced the establishment of a new Innovation Center that is intended to further...


Jul 18, 2016, 12:05 ET New Video Shows Personalized Care Unique to Independent Community Pharmacies

A new online video announced today by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) illustrates the personal care that people receive at...


Jul 07, 2016, 10:22 ET Community Pharmacy Owners Can Find Opportunities, Solutions, and Profits at the NCPA 2016 Annual Convention This October

 The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced special programming at its 2016 Annual Convention, to be held Oct. 15-19...


Jun 28, 2016, 12:05 ET Pharmacists Survey: Prescription Drug Costs Skewed by Hidden Fees on Pharmacies, Patients

Most independent community pharmacists consistently encounter misleading and confusing fees imposed by prescription drug middlemen that negatively...


Jun 21, 2016, 15:48 ET NCPA: Bipartisan Senate and House Letters Urge Medicare to Finalize Transparency Proposal

 Sixteen United States Senators and 30 members of the House of Representatives recently wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...


Jun 13, 2016, 11:25 ET NCPA: New Video Tells the Independent Community Pharmacy Story

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) announced a new online video today that captures the value of independent community...


Feb 12, 2016, 15:47 ET New Medicare Access Analysis Underscores Need for 'Any Willing Pharmacy' Policy in Part D

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


Feb 04, 2016, 09:54 ET NCPA to Congress: Scrutinize PBM Corporations as Part of Drug Cost Review

 Increased transparency into the business practices and potential conflicts of interests of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) corporations could...


Dec 21, 2015, 10:32 ET Pharmacists, Patients Support 'Med Sync' Programs, New Survey Confirms

 A recent survey of National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) member pharmacies utilizing NCPA's Simplify My Meds® (SMM) program...


Dec 17, 2015, 11:44 ET NCPA: Leading Business Groups Back Medicare Access, Pharmacy Choice Legislation

 Two prominent, national business organizations recently expressed their support for bipartisan "any willing pharmacy" legislation to increase...


Dec 09, 2015, 12:10 ET Pharmacists Urge Transparency, Payment Updates as Congress Examines Generic Price Spikes

 Patients and independent community pharmacists are negatively impacted by spiking costs for some generic prescription drugs and Congress...


Nov 17, 2015, 09:36 ET New Report Urges More Transparency into PBM Corporations

A new report by a leading health care policy consulting firm describes the large and expanding role of pharmacy benefit management (PBM)...


Oct 26, 2015, 09:47 ET New Study: Community Pharmacist Network Demonstrates Improved Medication Use

 Independent community pharmacists can network together across diverse practice settings to achieve dramatically improved patient health,...