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Nov 16, 2017, 11:56 ET SCPC: National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) Survey Spotlights PBM Credibility, Trust Deficit

Commenting on a new National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) survey of employers finding just one-third rate their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) as...


Nov 14, 2017, 11:28 ET Nation's Independent Long Term Care Pharmacies Commend Administration for Nomination of Alex Azar II for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) – the leading non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to representing the exclusive legislative and...


Oct 27, 2017, 12:30 ET CVS-Aetna Merger Proposal Emblematic of Growing Arms Race to Consolidate, Control Consumer Access to Health Care, Prescription Drugs

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today said the proposed merger between pharmacy giant CVS Health and health insurer Aetna represents...


Oct 20, 2017, 11:46 ET SCPC: New Anthem PBM Serviced by CVS Perpetuates Oligopolistic, Anti-Consumer Shell Game

Commenting on health insurer Anthem's announcement that it will launch its own "in house" pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) to be managed by CVS...


Oct 17, 2017, 13:24 ET Solutions to PBM Pricing Abuses Must Address Entire Drug Supply Chain

In detailed written testimony submitted to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee regarding today's hearing on the prescription...


Oct 16, 2017, 12:41 ET SCPC: Another New Study Details Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Pocketing Rebates as Profits - Not Passing on to Patients Through Lower Premiums

With a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing scheduled tomorrow surrounding the prescription drug distribution chain and...


Oct 03, 2017, 13:25 ET SCPC: New Study of Medicare "DIR" Fee Legislation Helps Demonstrate PBMs as Bad Actors Across Full Spectrum of Transactions

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised a new study by the Wakely Consulting Group finding the elimination of "clawbacks" Medicare...


Aug 29, 2017, 11:26 ET SCPC: Abusive, Opaque PBM Pricing Schemes Receive More Attention Over Summer Congressional Recess

With federal lawmakers introducing a variety of bipartisan, bicameral legislation throughout 2017 aimed at eliminating opaque Pharmacy Benefit...


Jun 13, 2017, 09:46 ET LTC Pharmacy Advocacy Group Praises Sen. Alexander, HELP Committee Focus on Drug Pricing

In praising Senate Health, Education, Pension and Labor (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Committee members for initiating a key...


May 11, 2017, 16:06 ET SCPC Praises Sen. Lamar Alexander's Announcement on Senate Drug Pricing Hearing

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today welcomed this week's announcement by Senate Health, Education, Pension and Labor (HELP) Chairman...


May 01, 2017, 14:54 ET Today's PCMA PBM "Policy Forum": A Parallel Universe of Propaganda and Puffery

With the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) today holding its 2017 "PBM Policy Forum" at the Newseum, the Senior Care Pharmacy...


Apr 26, 2017, 12:14 ET As Congress Reconvenes, PBM Middlemen Remain on Defense as Questionable Practices, Bipartisan Transparency Legislation Drive Drug Pricing Discussion

As Congress reconvenes this week, the increasingly controversial role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) in the national drug pricing chain are...


Mar 21, 2017, 10:54 ET National, Georgia LTC Pharmacy Leaders Praise U.S. Reps. Doug Collins, Buddy Carter Leadership in Taking on Unaccountable Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Drug Pricing Middlemen

As escalating drug prices have increasingly roiled consumers throughout Georgia, national and state Long Term Care (LTC) pharmacy leaders today...


Mar 16, 2017, 11:38 ET Wyden "C-Thru" Bill Helps Pull Back Curtain on Duplicitous PBM "Rebates," Suspect Pricing Schemes, Related Anti-Competitive Behavior

Noting a torrent of bipartisan legislation recently introduced requiring Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) drug middlemen to pull back the curtain on...


Mar 14, 2017, 15:09 ET SCPC Looks Forward to Working with CMS Administrator Seema Verma to Hold PBMs Accountable for Opaque, Controversial Drug Pricing Practices

Following U.S. Senate confirmation of Seema Verma as the new Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Senior Care...


Mar 08, 2017, 17:36 ET VT Congressman Peter Welch Praised for Leadership on Pro-Consumer Drug Pricing Reform

Following Congressman Peter Welch's scheduled meeting today at the White House with President Trump to discuss lowering prescription drug pricing,...


Mar 06, 2017, 14:39 ET SCPC Praises Collins/Loebsack Bill Boosting Generic Prescription Drug Payment Transparency

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 In praising U.S. Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) for introducing the Prescription Drug Price...


Feb 22, 2017, 11:53 ET SCPC Backs Bipartisan Senate, House Bills to Eliminate Retroactive PBM Middlemen Fees on Patients, LTC Pharmacies, Medicare Program

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today backed legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that will curtail the...


Feb 08, 2017, 10:53 ET SCPC Praises Rep. Doug Collins' Mission to Spotlight PBMs -- "Drug Industry's Middlemen"

Commenting on new reporting in Axios noting that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and others in Congress "are ready and willing" to shine a light on...


Jan 26, 2017, 11:59 ET 2017 Greets PBMs With New CMS Report Undermining "Rebate" Claims While Key GOP Senator Considers PBM Role in Higher Drug Prices

The President and CEO of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today predicted the increasingly apparent role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers...


Jan 17, 2017, 10:28 ET SCPC Praises Final FDA Repackaging Guidance Recognizing LTC Pharmacies' Unique Value in U.S. Health Care Continuum

Following an initial analysis, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) final regulatory...


Nov 29, 2016, 13:00 ET Fast-Growing Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Announces New Board Chairman, Executive Leadership Team, Board Members

Phil Fogg, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Milwaukie, OR-based Marquis Companies and Consonus Health Care — currently serving on the Board of the American...


Sep 06, 2016, 13:50 ET Congress Urged to Adopt Clear, Statutory Definition of Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacies

In pointing out the significant value-added services provided by long term care (LTC) pharmacies and the resulting clinical benefits accrued by...


Aug 16, 2016, 11:56 ET PharMerica Joins DC-Based Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Citing Need for Effective, Focused Advocacy on Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy Issues

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the highly-specific legislative and regulatory...


Jul 27, 2016, 10:46 ET SCPC, ASCP, AHCA/NCAL Letter to FDA: Facts Caution Against Imposition of Inappropriate New Regulatory Burdens on Nation's Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacies, Patients

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), the American Health Care Association and the...