Month: November 2017

CMS Will Consider Changes to Pharmacy DIR in Part D

In a 713-page proposed regulation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it will consider a proposal to account for all pharmacy DIR at point of sale, as NCPA has long urged. CMS argues that the change would increase drug


  Effective Monday December 11, 2017 PACE and CRDP will enhance the existing prescriber edit. PACE and CRDP require that a cardholder’s prescription must be written by: a prescriber licensed by the Commonwealth a prescriber licensed by Delaware, Maryland, New

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Independent Pharmacies and their families. Keystone/PARD offices will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 and remain closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of the holiday.

AmerisourceBergen to Acquire H.D. Smith

AmerisourceBergen will be acquiring H.D. Smith. The Valley Forge, Pa.-based company will be paying $815 million in cash for the company, which is currently the United States’ largest independent wholesaler. Read more about the acquisition .

NCPA Advocacy Center Update: Week Ending November 17, 2017

CMS Proposes Part D Changes, Including to Pharmacy DIR: In a 713-page proposed regulation covering an array of topics, the agency proposes to account for all pharmacy DIR at point-of-sale, as NCPA has recommended. CMS argues that the change would

Is Your Pharmacy Ready for Small Business Saturday?

Here are some suggestions from NCPA on enhancing your front end for the holidays with product you already have in store. Prep “Makes a Great Stocking Stuffer” signs to place on at least 50 items throughout the store. Be creative

Cardinal Health Launches Opioid Action Program to Support Drug Abuse Prevention and Education in Appalachia

Nov 16, 2017 Company to Collaborate with Key Partners across Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) today launched its new Opioid Action Program, aimed at helping communities in four of the nation’s hardest-hit states across Appalachia combat the


PARD and Keystone join PUTT in a silent protest during a PBM presentation at the FTC workshop on PBMs and Healthcare Costs. Mid-morning as the PBM session kicked off – and at the precise moment Mark Merritt, President and CEO

U.S. Approves Digital Pill That Tracks When Patients Take It

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track if patients are taking their medication properly, marking a significant step forward in the convergence of healthcare and technology. Read more here.

Drug Enforcement Administration collects record number of unused pills as part of its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Thanks to all Independent pharmacies who participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! (WASHINGTON) – Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners

Get Free Images for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday was founded seven years ago to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year—Thanksgiving weekend. Mark your calendar—this year the date is Nov. 25. NCPA has created free social

Do This One Task Today to Get Ready for the Holidays

Set the employee schedule for November, December, and January. Keep in mind that the day after Thanksgiving is the last Friday of the month and there is a good chance the pharmacy will be busy. Consider bringing in extra staff

NCPA Advocacy Center Update – Week Ending November 3, 2017

House GOP Proposes Major Tax Overhaul: The wide-ranging plan would reduce tax rates for large corporations to 20% and small businesses to as low as 25% as well as phase out the estate tax for many Americans. However, for independent