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May is an Important Health-Related Month

The month of May is the most important health-related month of the year, loaded with key opportunities to generate content for your website and social media accounts as well as end-caps and in-store displays: o Arthritis Month: Feature an end-cap

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PARD & Keystone Represents at Legislative Day in Harrisburg

Great day in Harrisburg for Pharmacy Legislative Day!  PARD and Keystone Pharmacy Leadership along with Keystone Independent Pharmacy Owners went in like a force to be reckoned with to speak to State Legislators of the challenges facing Pharmacy today.

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Another reason why May is the biggest month of the year for pharmacy?

May kicks off Mother’s Day, graduation season, the start of wedding and anniversary season, and the beginning of Father’s Day shopping season. It’s time to freshen up your greeting card department and get ready for the rush! Mother’s Day is

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Cardinal Health’s Unhappy Profit Surprise: The Coevolution of Pharmacy Buying Groups and Wholesaler Economics

Success of buying groups to hold wholesalers accountable on generic pricing is well outlined in this article. Not only does Keystone work directly with wholesalers to ensure generic pricing is kept competitive, we offer a wide range of other negotiated

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Have unused prescriptions? Don’t throw in the trash! Dispose safely during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29 from 10am-2pm. Click link below for locations offering this program. https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/ntbi-pub.pub?_flowExecutionKey=_cDB28A69B-7278-BEA4-32BB-F3BE06D40D32_k02B2F779-B902-CE99-2881-C9C0D2F9A339    

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The State of Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation in 2017

Independent Pharmacies—Specialty Pharmacy is a growing segment. Great article that provides resource links for accreditation. http://www.drugchannels.net/2017/04/exclusive-update-state-of-specialty.html

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Maryland Lawmakers Approve Bill to Fight Drug Price-Gouging

Click on the link below. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-maryland-drugs-idUSKBN17D2O6

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Warning: Be alert to any unwarranted phone calls or deliveries from Xtreme Office Products

The picture attached is from an invoice on an ink cartridge for Lexmark printer at Whitehall Pharmacy. The pharmacy did not order this and when they called to say they did not order it and it was the wrong size

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Check us out on Facebook!

Take a moment to check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kpparx Give us a LIKE and ask other Independent Pharmacists to do the same. Write a review. Tell us what concerns you as an Independent Pharmacist. Get involved. Go ahead, check

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PPA Presents Mel Brodsky with Mortar and Pestle Award

Mel Brodsky – Mortar and Pestle Award

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Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) – video

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The Pulse – Winter Edition – Philadelphia

Please see here for the winter edition of The Pulse.

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PPA Produces Videos on PBM-Related Issues

PPA has produced three short videos to assist Pennsylvania pharmacists, student pharmacists, lawmakers, the public, and more in understanding the need for oversight of PBMs, MAC transparency and pharmacy audit integrity in Pennsylvania. These videos feature PPA members and staff;

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Rite Aid of California Agreed to Pay More Than $498,000 to Settle Consumer Protection Lawsuit

Story Published: Jun 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM PDT Story Updated: Jun 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM PDT SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Rite Aid of California agreed to pay more than $498,000 to settle a consumer protection lawsuit, alleging its

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Pharmacist Reed Finishes Second for GOP Nomination to West Virginia U.S. House Seat

NCPA member Ken Reed, running in his first political race, took second place in a field of seven seeking the Republican nomination in West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district. Reed received 22% of the vote in the May 13 primary to

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Pharmacist Carter in Runoff for GOP Nomination to Georgia U.S. House Seat

NCPA member Buddy Carter finished first among six contenders for the Republican nomination in Georgia’s 1st congressional district. Carter took 36.2% of the vote in the May 20 primary. He’ll face Bob Johnson, a surgeon and ex-Army Ranger, who finished

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Labor Department to Study PBMs

An advisory panel that makes policy recommendations to the Secretary of Labor is looking into PBM compensation and fee disclosure. One area of questioning at a three-day meeting planned in June: “…are PBMs incentivized to structure formularies to encourage the

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New ‘Track-and-Trace’ Rule Moving Ahead

NCPA represented independent community pharmacy interests at a recent FDA workshop on its proposed prescription drug tracking system. Manufacturers, wholesalers, and dispensers discussed implementation of a new “track-and-trace” supply chain security system required by law. FDA must issue a draft

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Support Picks Up for Legislation to Open Preferred Networks

Seven House members are now signed on to bipartisan legislation designed to bring fairness to preferred networks for pharmacies and patients. Initiated by Reps. Griffith (R-Va.) and Welch (Vt.) on May 6, now they have been joined on H.R. 4577

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Medicare Will Require MAC Transparency as NCPA Urged

NCPA has commended Medicare for taking positive steps on generic drug reimbursement procedures by Part D plans, actions NCPA has tirelessly advocated for years. Last Monday CMS said for the 2016 plan year it would require sponsors to both disclose

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Updates to DPW Website

Below are recent updates to the DPW Website. Please check the “What’s New” page on the website frequently for new additions. 01-14-17 A Medical Assistance Bulletin entitled Prior Authorization of Kalydeco (ivacaftor) – Pharmacy Services 01-14-18 A Medical Assistance Bulletin

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Glaxosmithkline Recalls Alli

  On March 27, 2014  GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare issued a recall on all alli® weight loss products from U.S. and Puerto Rico retailers due to evidence that some of the packages have been tampered with. Consumers in seven states

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Nova Products, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Dietary Supplements with Undeclared Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

On March 27, 2014 Nova Products Inc of Aston, Pennsylvania issued a nationwide recall of  several lots of its natural supplements: African Black Ant (Lot# 2006-000926), Black Ant (Lot# 2006-3627878), XZen Gold (Lot# 130310GL), ZXen Platinum (Lot# 130520PL), XZen 1200

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NCPA Seeks Congressional Probe of “Preferred Pharmacy” Part D Plans

The Senate and House Small Business committees should examine the unintended consequences for independent community pharmacies and patients that have resulted from Medicare Part D “preferred pharmacy” prescription drug plans, NCPA told lawmakers last week. “Small business community pharmacies across

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Pharmacists Blame Patient Fears on DEA

March 12th, 2014 by Pat Anson, Editor Pharmacists and patient advocates say the results of a survey by the National Pain Foundation show that a crackdown on prescription painkillers by the Drug Enforcement Administration is causing fear and confusion in

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CVS Being Investigated After 37,000 Pain Pills Go Missing

By Chris Morran March 11, 2014 The shelves of pharmacies are full of pills, tablets, capsules, and liquids that are worth a lot of money, especially to addicts. So when more than 37,000 prescription pain pills vanish from handful of

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Provider Status Bill Focuses on Underserved, Earns NACDS’ Backing

Bipartisan House bill seeking to designate pharmacists as healthcare providers in Medicare leverages pharmacists’ education and training Arlington, Va. – Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today that would designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under the

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Fight for Your Right to Compete in Part D

It is critical that you contact Medicare and Congress by a March 7 deadline in support of a proposed rule for Part D that includes several positive elements for community pharmacists and their patients, including an any willing provider provision.

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New PSE OTC Requirement – Must start by April 5, 2014

Pharmacy Manager, This email is to update you on the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) project in Pennsylvania.  In compliance with HB 602 Act 53 the state has contracted Appriss to deliver NPLEx to all pharmacies/retailers within Pennsylvania.  The NPLEx

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AUTO-FILL Regulations Part D Plans

I would advise pharmacy providers to read their contracts carefully, because this is a contractual issue between them and the Part D sponsors. However, if you read the high-lighted section, it should answer most of your questions. SUBJECT: Clarifications to

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PSAO’s

I have been receiving calls at the office about the PSAO’s and the fact that they are signing contracts on your behalf THAT YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH. In most cases these PSAO’s have a committee made up of store

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NCPA Pharmacy Communications Bureau News & Notes – January 2014

Medicare Proposes to Open Preferred Part D Networks to Any Willing Provider On January 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would open preferred networks offered in Medicare Part D plans to any

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ATTENTION: Avoid Take-Backs on Pre-Printed DEA Numbers on Prescription Forms!

PPA is aware of instances where auditing entities are denying claims and recouping 100% of the claim and refills for prescriptions that have a preprinted DEA number on them. They are citing PA Controlled Substance Requirement 25.53(e), which prohibits preprinting

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Sign the Petition Regarding ACT 207

Dear Store Owners: Do you want to stop mandatory mail-order plans in Pennsylvania? Do you want to stop differential co-pays in Pennsylvania? Do you want to be able to have these customers return to your store? OK, but we need

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Audit Look Backs: How Long Is Long Enough?

NCPA supports Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) for his letter to key House committee leaders questioning the wisdom of PBMs being able to audit Part D pharmacies on 10-year-old claims. “If there are bad actors in pharmacy they certainly should be

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NCPA, NACDS Poke Holes in PCMA Part D Preferred Network Study

A study paid for by the PBM/mail order lobby, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, is under fire from community pharmacy groups. NCPA and NACDS pointed out in a letter to CMS that the study makes a number of questionable assumptions in

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NCPA Backs the Medicare Efficient Drug Dispensing Act

Last week NCPA sent a formal letter of support to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on his bill that would ensure that waste and unnecessary Medicare expenses are minimized in LTC facilities. The legislation, S. 1493, prohibits Part D plan sponsors

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Compounding/Pedigree Bill Inching Towards President’s Desk

The Senate is nearing a final vote on long-pending legislation that would protect community pharmacists’ right to compound medicines and also require tracking of prescription drugs as they move through the supply chain. The bill, H.R. 3204, cleared a Senate

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American Pharmacists Month Highlights Importance of Pharmacists in Patient Care

American Pharmacists Month, observed throughout the month of October, recognizes the significant contributions to health care and the commitment to patient care by pharmacists in all practice settings nationwide. During this time, consumers are encouraged to consider the theme, “know

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California Enacts Two Laws Aimed to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

Governor Brown signed two bills into law that aim to reduce prescription drug abuse by enhancing the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) and by making it easier for the medical board to investigate patient records after a suspicious death. The

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California Expands Scope of Pharmacy Practice With New Law

A new California law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 1, 2013, will expand the scope of pharmacy practice within the state and improve patient access to care. The bill would establish board recognition for advanced practice pharmacists who,

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Hospira Inc Recalls One Lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI Injection After Report of Particulate Matter

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Hospira, Inc, of Lake Forest, IL, have issued a voluntary recall of one lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP, 10 mg/mL, 2 mL Multiple-dose Fliptop Vial, National Drug Code 0409-4276-01, Lot 25-090-DK (the lot

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Buying Medications from Foreign Online Drug Outlets Risky, Partnership for Safe Medicines Says

An analysis on a recent report from the Group of 8 (G8) shows that rogue online drug outlets are an issue worldwide. The G8 has been collaborating to undermine counterfeit drug sellers through an agreement to exchange information according to

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New Keysteone vendor – iMedicare

This is a program developed to help YOU help your patient questions about their Medicare options – be it Advantage programs, Supplement programs or Part D Rx Plans. You can sit down with your patient and an iPad and easily

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License Renewal Requirements

Attention Pharmacists! Don’t forget that for your next license renewal, you will need to show that you have 2 hours of your total continuing education hours on the topic of Patient Safety.  Patient Safety qualifying topics are specifically identified by

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Speak Out on Compounding Legislation Before It’s Too Late

Congress returns from its summer recess Sept. 9 and swift action on Senate compounding legislation could come any time after that. NCPA has strong concerns about the compounding sections of S. 959, especially a proposed overly broad expansion of authority

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Reports: FDA says carve-out bills undermine trust in biosimilars

By Alaric DeArment NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration is concerned about bills in several state legislatures that seek to restrict pharmacists’ ability to dispense biosimilars, according to published reports. Biopharma-Reporter.com quoted an FDA spokeswoman as saying “efforts to

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From our vendor PrescribeWellness

“Support Pharmacist Reimbursement! Let’s get pharmacists paid for preventive services. Support our cause at PharmacistReimbursement.com Don’t forget to share with other pharmacists you know!” Pharmacist at the Center of Preventive Care With today’s alarming shortage of primary care physicians, and with 30

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