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Jul 12, 2018, 10:08 ET Seniors Overwhelmingly Support Pharmacy-Related Part D Reforms, Survey Says

Reducing drug costs borne by seniors due to middlemen and deals in the drug supply chain are Medicare Part D reforms that most strongly curry favor...


Mar 08, 2018, 02:46 ET NCPA Statement on Cigna's Bid to Acquire Express Scripts

In response to Cigna's announcement that it intends to purchase pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, the National Community Pharmacists...


Jan 31, 2018, 09:08 ET NCPA Survey: Tamiflu Underpayments Cited by 88% of Independent Pharmacists

At the height of one of the most severe flu epidemics in recent years, pharmacy benefit managers are underpaying many independent pharmacies for...


Jan 17, 2018, 01:01 ET NCPA in Part D Rule Comments: End Retroactive Pharmacy DIR Fees

In comments submitted in support of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed 2019 Medicare Part D rule, the National Community...


Dec 13, 2017, 11:03 ET NCPA CEO to Congress: Pharmacists Can Help Reduce Spending, But Problems Associated With Middlemen Must Be Fixed

In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B....


Dec 04, 2017, 14:11 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, 13:06 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, 10:53 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 $3....


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...


Apr 06, 2017, 12:23 ET NCPA Supports House Bill Improving Pharmacy Choice for Seniors in Part D Plans

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today endorsed legislation to improve pharmacy access for seniors and strengthen the Medicare...


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, 08:33 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 2016 ...


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 Transparency and ...


Sep 08, 2016, 02:20 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, 02:49 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 assist ...


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 at the ...


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, 03:48 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 Services (CMS)...


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 pharmacists ...


Feb 12, 2016, 03:47 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 detailed...