July 29, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association endorsed the Diabetic Testing Supply Access Act (H.R. 2845), legislation recently introduced by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., that would allow independent community pharmacies to provide same-day delivery services of diabetes testing supplies to Medicare beneficiaries who are homebound, in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

July 26, 2013

A new track-and-trace bill that the Senate is expected to consider would institute a nationwide "track-and-trace" system in place of patchwork state laws with the aim of securing the pharmaceutical supply chain.

July 23, 2013

An op-ed in Tuesday’s Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call emphasizes the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ commitment to curbing prescription drug abuse and diversion while ensuring legitimate patient access to prescription medications.

July 23, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday named Washington veteran Steve Pfister as SVP government affairs to lead the association’s advocacy to federal and state policy-makers.

July 23, 2013

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance is supporting medication synchronization programs and pilots at pharmacies around the country using an appointment-based model, saying the model focuses on aligning drug refills of chronic medications to fall upon the same appointment date each month, the group said Tuesday.

July 19, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Friday that registration for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting is now open.

July 18, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced that three teams of pharmacy students have been named finalists in the 2013 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.

July 18, 2013

The two groups announced that the outing would take place at the Strategic Business Exchange, set to take place Oct. 14 to 16 in San Antonio. The PAN Foundation offers funding to patients with life-threatening illnesses who are underinsured.

July 16, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, in partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation, has issued a request-for-proposals to research the impact of integrating community pharmacist-provided medication management services into the hospital discharge process.

July 16, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association CEO Douglas Hoey testified Tuesday before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health’s hearing on “Reforming the Drug Compounding Regulatory Framework.”

July 15, 2013

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy will begin developing pharmacy practice parameters in about 20 specialty therapeutic categories this year, the group said.

July 15, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Friday announced it will host its third NCPA Ownership Workshop this year from Aug. 23 through 25 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Alexandria, Va.

July 15, 2013

Supermarket chain Wegmans took the time last week to issue a clarification following local news reports: It would not be ending healthcare benefits for its part-time employees. A story in the Buffalo News had a headline, "Wegmans cuts health benefits for part-time workers," that had been misconstrued.

It's no secret why Wegmans — which operates 81 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts — is included in Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For."

July 12, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced the introduction of a resource kit — Take Charge of Rx Benefits in Your Community — to help preempt anti-patient drug benefit designs, such as those that require the use of mail-order facilities for prescription drugs.

July 10, 2013

The Food Marketing Institute named Mark Baum SVP industry relations and chief collaboration officer.

July 10, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association praised Hawaii elected officials for enacting two new laws that, respectively, will give the state’s residents greater choice of where to fill their prescriptions and additional medical privacy protections.

July 9, 2013

Kroger on Tuesday announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Harris Teeter for $49.38 per share in cash as part of a deal valued upward of $2.5 billion.

July 8, 2013

Northeast Pharmacy Services Corporation has signed up the approximately 250 independent community pharmacies that it serves in New England in the National Community Pharmacists Association effective July 1, 2013, the groups announced.

July 3, 2013

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has signed what the National Association of Community Pharmacy has characterized as groundbreaking reform legislation that applies reasonable standards to how pharmacy benefit managers audit community pharmacies, provides increased transparency into generic prescription drug reimbursement and ensures that PBM administrators of prescription drug claims are registered within the state.

June 25, 2013

It appears that medication adherence among Americans age 40 years and older ranges from mediocre to worse, according to a new report by a trade group representing independent pharmacies.

June 24, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Kevin Nicholson to the new position of VP public policy and regulatory affairs, effective Monday.

June 24, 2013

Perrigo on Monday promoted Emily Hiller to assistant category manager for the category management team at Perrigo Nutritionals in Gordonsville, Va.

June 19, 2013

A top executive of Sears and Kmart is among the retail executives appointed to the board of directors of a retail industry lobbying group.

June 17, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association commended Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law two significant pieces of legislation in support of Texas small business independent community pharmacies: HB 1358, legislation that provides common sense standards to pharmacy audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers, and SB 1106, which provides transparency in generic maximum allowable costs, or MACs, for Medicaid plans.