Month: August 2017

Potential New Treatment for Cancer

Novartis gene therapy approval signals new cancer treatment era Novartis AG on Wednesday won highly anticipated U.S. approval for the first of a new type of potent gene-modifying immunotherapy for leukemia, a $475,000 treatment that marks the start of a

Hurricane Harvey Relief Info, All in One Place

PARD and Keystone are proud to support NCPA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund for Independent Pharmacy. NCPA has created a special web page to help you find all pharmacy-related resources relevant to Hurricane Harvey. We’re adding new links regularly. Look for

Send Help NOW: Community Pharmacies Affected by Harvey

You can help community pharmacy owners restore their businesses in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Harvey. Make a donation to the NCPA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. Your help is urgently needed to help maintain the fund so timely aid

Gilead’s $11.9 Billion Purchase of a Groundbreaking Cancer Therapy Could Drag it Into a New Debate on Prices

Gilead Sciences has ended the long-running suspense about what it would do with some of the billions in cash it has amassed from selling effective, but expensive hepatitis C drugs: Buy a groundbreaking cancer therapy. Gilead, which has come under

Purchase from DollarDays and You Can Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

DollarDays is donating 5% of all customer orders from now until 9/3/17 to Good360, an organization that is helping with Hurricane Harvey relief. Read more about Good360 here.

NCPA Explains How Congress Can Give Pharmacies Relief from DIR Fees

In response to a House Ways and Means Subcommittee initiative aimed at reducing government regulation, NCPA provided the committee written feedback on providing community pharmacies relief from DIR fee rules. Since CMS has not released a final guidance on the

NCPA Advocacy Center Update – Week Ending August 26, 2017

Important Information Regarding Pharmacy Services in Relation to Hurricane Harvey:  Healthcare Ready’s Rx Open is an interactive map that helps patients and providers find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster. The map will be updated daily throughout the federally

Follow Up: A PBM Wants to Terminate Your Contract – Video

Here is a follow up video to the Webinar that was given Mediware.  Click here to view the video.

Mylan Wraps Up $465 Million U.S. Accord Over EpiPen Rebates

Mylan NV and the U.S. Justice Department finalized a $465 million settlement to resolve claims that the drugmaker defrauded taxpayers by misclassifying its allergy-shot EpiPen product as a generic drug. The settlement, announced by the Justice Department Thursday, resolves claims that

So a PBM Wants to Terminate Your Contract: The Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid to Keep You in the Network

WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 2017; 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT COST: Free In a world where PBMs also operate their own in-house specialty pharmacies, the incentive to reduce competition through network termination of independent pharmacies has never been stronger. PBMs have

Free Webinar from NCPA

Click on the link below to register. A FREE Aug. 22 webinar: Pharmacy Security to Prevent Robbery, Theft and Diversion

Study: Patients More Likely to Get the Flu Shot When It Is Available at Retail

Making influenza immunizations available through retail pharmacy increases the odds that a patient will get the flu shot, according to an article published in Clinical Therapeutics last week. The study found that state-level policy changes allowing for pharmacists to administer

NCPA Advocacy Center Update – Week Ending August 5, 2017

President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction Interim Report Released:  The report, attached, includes recommendations for action by the President.  The Commission recommended that the President “declare a national emergency” that would empower Cabinet members “to take bold steps” and “force

Pharmacy Instructions for License Renewal

To those of you that were able to apply to the State Board for the renewal of your PHARMACY license, your new license received in the mail should be reviewed very closely. We are finding that expiration dates on many

Interested in Diversifying Your Independent Pharmacy with LTC? Free Webinar on August 9th from NCPA.

Long-term care is ripe with opportunity, but first you need a solid foundation for your LTC business.  The NCPA Innovation Center’s Aug. 9 live webinar will cover the basics: getting started, using LTC business metrics, financing and important considerations as you prepare

PA State Senate Passes Bill to Lower PACE Dispensing Fee to $10

Last week, the Pennsylvania State Senate amended House Bill 118 to include provisions that would cut the PACE professional dispensing fee from $13 to $10.49. This bill then passed the full Senate by a vote of 37-13 and will now

Trump’s FDA Chief Takes Wide Aim at Opioid Addiction Crisis

The Food and Drug Administration, as part of a sweeping overhaul in how it regulates opioid painkillers, plans to look to some unusual allies to limit the flood of the addictive pills — health insurers and companies that manage prescription