NCPA endorses Purcell for Georgia insurance commissioner

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Community Pharmacists Association expressed its support Tuesday for the candidacy of Gerry Purcell as the next Georgia insurance commissioner.

NCPA executive committee member and pharmacy owner John Sherrer released a statement, citing Purcell's many accomplishments in the healthcare field, making him "ideally suited to this elected office."

"He understands the importance of free market solutions and the need to resist forces that can unnecessarily prevent patients from being able to choose the physician or pharmacist of their choice," Sherrer said of Purcell. "Over the years, he has worked tirelessly with NCPA, an association of approximately 23,000 independent community pharmacy owners across America and more than 700 in Georgia, to shine a spotlight on the questionable business practices of pharmacy benefit managers. Gerry is a leading voice for PBM industry reform, and as a small business owner he understands the challenges faced by small businesses like local community pharmacies and other healthcare providers."

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