NACDS discusses opioids in meeting with HHS Sec. Price
ARLINGTON, Va. — National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson on Monday participated in a meeting with Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price about pharmacy’s engagement in solutions to the opioid epidemic.
“NACDS appreciates Secretary Price’s outreach, his sincere desire to learn more about pharmacy’s current role in addressing opioid issues, and his interest in identifying opportunities for HHS to assist in these efforts,” Anderson said. “With all parties acknowledging the tremendous impact inflicted by this issue on communities and families across the nation, we had an excellent discussion about the extensive collaboration and focus that is needed to help solve the problem. We value the Secretary’s appreciation of pharmacy’s zero tolerance for drug abuse and diversion and its 100-percent commitment to patient care.
Anderson said that NACDS' comments shared with the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis were discussed in the meeting. Following the release of the Commission’s preliminary report, Anderson had called for a “national curiosity” around the issue.
NASP launches resource site about DIR Fees
WASHINGTON — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy on Monday launched a new resource hub built around educating patients and pharmacists about the impact the organization sees direct and indirect remuneration, or DIR, fees having on specialty pharmacies and the patients they serve.
“Big Pharmacy Benefit Management firms have worked hard to make DIR fees so complicated and opaque that very few people understand how they impact sick seniors enrolled in Medicare,” NASP executive director Sheila Arquette said. “DIR fees endanger the integrity of the Medicare Part D program, which is intended to ensure quality, satisfaction, and cost effectiveness for sick seniors across the nation.”
StopDIRfees.com is aimed at showing how NASP sees access clinical and patient support services being reduced by DIR fees. The organization also highlighted new research showing the increased out-of-pocket costs caused by Medicare Part D benefit design, rebates and remunerations. It includes information and testimonials about how DIR fees are imposed, as well as an online petition and contact information for elected officials.
“Big PBMs risk putting profits over patients, and squeezing out the specialty pharmacies working as an extension of physicians treating sick seniors as they manage complex, life-altering, or life-threatening diseases,” Avella Specialty Pharmacy CEO and NASP president Rebecca Shanahan said. “It’s time for Washington to take action by requiring PBMs to stop DIR fees and enhance transparency by opening up their ‘black box’ of information. We need big PBMs to engage in an open and honest discussion around containing prescription medication costs for sick seniors, and work with specialty pharmacies to establish standards and incentives that apply to the unique services provided or patients treated by specialty pharmacies.”
RediClinic delivering on BTS exams and vaccinations through all locations
HOUSTON — RediClinic is offering back-to-school physical exams and vaccinations in all locations, helping parents and students meet school requirements, the company announced Monday. Conveniently located in select neighborhood Rite Aid pharmacies and H-E-B grocery stores, RediClinic makes back-to-school fast and easy.
“RediClinic makes one of the busiest times of year easier for parents by helping students return to school healthy,” stated Danielle Barrera, chief operating and marketing officer for RediClinic. “Parents may find it difficult to visit their pediatrician before the summer is over. RediClinic solves this problem: it’s open every day, including weekends, and offers extended hours during the week. Parents can schedule same- or next-day appointments easily at RediClinic.com. Get in. Get out."
At the completion of the exam, RediClinic provides parents with a comprehensive printed report of their child’s health and vaccination status. RediClinic can also complete school-required physical forms that parents bring to the appointment. Clinic staff will also send a copy of the medical record to the child’s pediatrician.