Independent Pharmacy Cooperative, NCPA Partner in Support of Community Pharmacies, Patients


SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. and ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 8, 2010)

The Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today have expanded their collaboration to better advocate for community pharmacists and their patients.

Over the past 25 years, IPC has evolved into the nation's largest group purchasing organization for independent pharmacies. IPC represents 3,300 primary and 3,000 affiliate pharmacy members whose purchases exceed $8 billion. NCPA is the leading advocate in Washington and around the country for independent community pharmacies and also provides its members with timely business solutions to help local pharmacies to compete and to continue serving their patients.

Under their agreement, leaders of IPC and NCPA hope to reach IPC members to generate new NCPA members and increase IPC's substantial support for programs like NCPA's Legislative/Legal Defense Fund (LDF). This, in turn, would allow NCPA to more broadly and effectively implement advocacy programs to better support IPC members and other community pharmacies. Those IPC members who are NCPA members and already contributing to the LDF will be urged to contribute to NCPA's political action committee (PAC).

"IPC is proud to support the NCPA Legislative/Legal Defense Fund for the benefit of the IPC membership and community pharmacy nationwide," said IPC President and CEO Don Anderson. "We know the IPC Government Affairs effort is making a significant impact. As the largest buying group for independent pharmacy and an industry leader, it is our continued mission to support legislative advocacy. Our partnership with NCPA allows us to collectively expand the influence for positive outcomes for patients and independent pharmacy."

"IPC is a leader in the independent pharmacy marketplace and NCPA is proud and grateful of the partnership expansion. With so much at stake in a dynamically changing health care and political environment, it's critical for independent pharmacies to work together closely to ensure that our patients have access to excellent quality care and pharmacy services in their communities," said NCPA Executive Vice President and CEO Kathleen Jaeger. "We're also hopeful that this growing partnership will produce more effective advocacy efforts and new business applications to ensure that the critical care independent pharmacies deliver to their patients and communities is maintained and strengthened in the years to come."

The Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) is the nation's largest group purchasing organization for independent pharmacies. IPC represents 3,300 primary and 3,000 affiliate pharmacy members whose purchases exceed $8 billion.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

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