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NCPA pinpoints three regulations that inhibit job growth among independents

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Friday identified three problematic regulations that inhibit job creation.

The Medicare Part B diabetes testing supplies competitive bidding program threatens patient access to these medical necessities, the association noted, and the 340B Drug Discount program also represents a challenge to community pharmacy due to its loose eligibility criteria. Lastly, job creation can be inhibited by the fee-for-service Medicare enrollment/revalidation fees that many pharmacies have to pay twice.

The announcement came in response to a request from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chair of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who recently contacted 200 business organizations seeking their insight on regulations that hurt job creation.

NCPA’s response letter details “the regulatory burdens faced by independent community pharmacies,” as well as “examples of rules and regulations where a federal agency did not fully and effectively comply with the rulemaking process.”

In addition to pinpointing those problematic regulations, the NCPA offered possible solutions. For example, the NCPA suggested in order to maintain seniors’ access to diabetes testing supplies NCPA supports a permanent exemption for independent community pharmacies as proposed in H.R. 1936, the Medicare Diabetes Access to Care Act that has been sponsored by Reps. Aaron Schock, R-Ill. and Peter Welch, D-Vt. To reform 340B NCPA supports explicitly closing the language loopholes that allows the programs prescriptions to be used for patients other than the intended recipients, which are uninsured and underinsured Americans. And to stop the double billing for Medicare Part B enrollment and revalidation, NCPA suggested that Congress review how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is interpreting the applicable statute.

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Almond Dream gets coconut treatment

BY Allison Cerra

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Almond Dream nondairy yogurt has added a new variety to its lineup.

The brand’s new coconut variety features bits of coconut mixed in. The current lineup of Almond Dream nondairy yogurt includes plain, vanilla, strawberry and mixed berry flavors.

"Almond Dream nondairy yogurt has been very well received by customers and has been praised not only for its taste but creamy texture as well. We are excited to expand our flavor selection to include coconut," said Basel Nassar, COO of the Hain refrigerated foods division.

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Molson Coors adds two members to board of directors

BY Allison Cerra

DENVER and MONTREAL — Molson Coors has expanded its board of directors with the addition of two independent directors.

Yum! Brands COO Roger Eaton and National Bank of Canada president, director and CEO Louis Vachon replace retiring directors John Cleghorn and David O’Brien. With the appointment of Eaton and Vachon, the Molson Coors board of directors is comprised of 14 directors.

"We are fortunate to have attracted Roger and Louis to join our board of directors and look forward to benefitting from their powerful combination of business experiences," Molson Coors chairman Andrew Molson said. "Roger brings a strong global perspective and extensive knowledge of brand marketing across international markets. Louis brings invaluable banking experience and a deep knowledge of the financial sector. Together they will provide tremendous capabilities and insight as Molson Coors continues to build growth, scale and profits in the global beer industry."

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