NCPA posts PBM satire featuring fictional PBM rep ‘Phil Mypockets’
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday posted a video and website satirizing pharmacy benefit managers at WhoRunsMyDrugPlan.com.
“Too many plan sponsors, policy-makers and patients remain unaware of how large pharmacy benefit managers affect their prescription drug benefit and their healthcare premiums,” stated NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey. “For too long, the PBM industry has benefitted from a lack of oversight and regulation, which has eroded the value of the prescription drug benefit to consumers. We have seen prescription drug costs rise, insurance premiums and patient co-payments increase, higher PBM profits and diminished patient choice — while reimbursement to pharmacy small business owners for providing prescription drug services continues to decline. It’s fair to ask: Where’s the money going?”
WhoRunsMyDrugPlan.com answers the basic question, “What is a PBM?” and explains cost-inflating PBM practices under such titles as “Spread Pricing,” “Rebate Pumping,” “Restricting Patient Choice,” “Mail Order False Economics” and “Mail Order Is Not For Everyone.” The site also provides a “take action” page for patients and health plan sponsors, as well as a resources page linking to other websites, including those of consumer advocates that have expressed similar concerns with PBMs.
“These new online resources are intended to help enable plan sponsors, policy-makers and patients to further examine these issues and to insist on meaningful reforms,” Hoey added. “Simply put, the outdated drug benefit business model of today should be replaced with health plan designs that are aligned to the interests of payers and patients, while properly utilizing pharmacists to reduce costs and improve health outcomes.”
Touro College of Pharmacy professor wins health-system pharmacist award
NEW YORK — A pharmacy professor at New York’s Touro College of Pharmacy has received an award from an organization for health-system pharmacists, the college said Wednesday.
Touro announced that Mary Choy had received the Harold Neham Memorial Award from the New York City Society of Health-System Pharmacists at a ceremony on June 18. The college said she had won the award in recognition of her "outstanding" achievements in pharmacy practice, professional publications, promotion of the health-system pharmacy profession and improving health-system pharmacy services.
The NYCSHP created the award in 1982 and named it for the organization’s first president.
Tweezerman, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley partner for limited-edition collection
NEW YORK — Tweezerman has partnered with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley for the 2012 limited-edition designer series collection, an annual compilation coveted by fashionistas, beauty aficionados and design enthusiasts alike.
Rowley has added sporty and graphic prints to this year’s designer series collection for Tweezerman, bringing her colorful chic aesthetic to the beauty tools.
These special-edition Sporty Foulard prints are available on the Slant tweezer in two special-edition colors: light blue and cobalt blue. The prints also are available on the Mini Slant tweezer and the Filemate nail file in signature red.