This could be the year. Movement again is occurring in Congress on legislation that would confer professional provider status on pharmacists serving millions of older Americans in many parts of the country.
Legislation pending in both houses of Congress regarding DIR, or direct and indirect remuneration, fees are giving hope to drug stores and two of the industry’s largest advocacy groups that pharmacy benefits management companies will stop retroactively reducing payments.
Although 2016 saw the Food and Drug Administration approve only 22 new drugs compared with 45 approvals in 2015 and the lowest tally since 2010, many in the pharmaceutical arena remain optimistic that this year will see a reversal of that trend.
The Canadian Pharmacists Association on Thursday expressed its concern over pharmacists being left out of recently introduced legislation tweaking the country’s marijuana laws to legalize recreational pot while preserving a separate stream for medical marijuana.
Retired Four-Star Marine Gen. John Allen, speak at the Business Program on Sunday, April 23, while Richard W. Fisher, who served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 to 2015, will speak at the Business Program on Tuesday, April 25.
Thomas Moriarty, who joined the company in 2012, will bring together corporate communications, legal, government affairs and public policy under one operating unit to manage the company's external affairs in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country.