Alexandria, Va. - April 14, 2011
Local pharmacists work with patients and law enforcement to combat the abuse of controlled substances and other prescription drugs, but changes to federal policy are needed to allow pharmacists to play a greater role, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) said today in comments submitted to Congress.
"NCPA is committed to working with Members of Congress and state and local law enforcement officials to combat the inappropriate use and diversion of prescription drugs and is committed to working towards sensible solutions," the association stated in comments to a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee holding a hearing entitled, "Warning: The Growing Danger of Prescription Drug Diversion."
In the comments, available in their entirety here, NCPA made the following points:
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of 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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