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Pharmacy Negotiations Bill Introduced

Independent community pharmacies could, under certain conditions, collectively negotiate the terms and conditions of insurance contracts they must sign with PBMs under a bill introduced by Reps. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) last week. NCPA endorsed H.R. 1188, the Preserving Our Hometown Independent

White House and Congressional Leaders Continue Talks to Avoid Cliff and Sequesters:

Negotiations continue between the White House and Congressional Leaders to come to agreement on all the tax provisions that are set expire at the end of the year and efforts are also focused on avoiding the automatic sequesters cuts that

Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Members Announced:

As the new Congress continues to take shape, the Members of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee were announced:Chairman: Joe Pitts (PA), Vice Chairman: Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX), Ralph Hall (TX), Ed Whitfield (KY), John Shimkus (IL), Mike Rogers (MI), Tim Murphy

NCPA Sends Letter to Defense Conference Committee on TRICARE Co-Pays:

 On Friday, NCPA sent a letter to leaders on the House and Senate Armed Services Committee expressing our views on provisions in the defense bill that pertain to the TRICARE pharmacy program.  The letter expresses our strong concerns about the

2013 Health Care Reform Provisions Affecting Small Businesses:

 Many sections of the health care reform law are set to be implemented in 2013.  Of note to community pharmacy is the elimination of the deduction that employers receive when offering Part D coverage to employees.  It is also worth

Federal Legislation on Drug Compounding Introduced:

 Congresswoman DeLauro (D-CT) and Congresswoman Lowey (D-NY) introduced legislation on drug compounding this week. Among other provisions, the Supporting Access to Formulated and Effective Compounded Drugs Act of 2012 would: ·     Notice to Patient:  Require pharmacists to confirm with the patient that they are

Meet Phil Mypockets

Dear Colleague, By now, I hope you’ve seen Phil Mypockets and visited They are part of the new Prescription Drug Benefit campaign we launched last week. We trust you’ve found our effort interesting, informative, and funny. You should consider writing a letter

Some common patient complaints regarding mail order pharmacies

Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 12, 2012 Some common patient complaints regarding mail order pharmacies and their captive consumers’ lack of choice to switch to another pharmacy if they encounter poor service are highlighted in a new video released today by the National Community Pharmacists

Newest Video #3

October 30th, 2012

REMINDER: Use FDA E-file to Verify Part D Claims:

Beginning September 1st, CMS will be utilizing FDA’s online NDC Structured Product Labeling Data Elements (NSDE) file to edit Part D prescription drug event data (PDEs). Currently, CMS uses First Databank and MediSpan to edit NDCs on PDEs. Starting in

CPE Monitor:

On January 1st, 2013, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) will require all CE Providers to upload CE credits to CPE Monitor.  To do this, all Pharmacists & and Pharmacy Technicians MUST register and obtain a CPE#.   If you

2949 State Board of Pharmacy #16A-5428:

  Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (Final-Omit) was unanimously approved. Jim Smith, regulatory analyst, explained the regulation would allow pharmacies to accept electronic prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances, bringing them in line with Schedule III-V drugs. Smith said that following

CSOS Reminder:

It is illegal for anyone to use another’s user name & password when placing orders on CSOS.  Each person using CSOS must have their own and use the proper Power of Attorney.  Call the office for a copy of the Power of

OPM’s Multi-State Plan Rule Released

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a proposed rule to implement the Multi-State Plan Program (MSPP) pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Through contracts with OPM, health insurance issuers will offer at least two multi-state plans