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BREAKING: Generic Drug Payment Transparency Bill Dropped in House Today | eNews | March 2, 2017

by NCPA | Mar 02, 2017

ADVOCACY NEWS

bluecross BREAKING: Generic Drug Payment Transparency Bill Dropped in House Today
Bipartisan legislation to increase transparency in generic drug payments in taxpayer-funded federal health programs and preserve patient access to local community pharmacies was introduced in the House this morning by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) and endorsed by NCPA. Original cosponsors of the legislation include Reps. Brian Babin (R-Texas), Rod Blum (R-Iowa), John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.), and the only pharmacist currently serving in Congress, Buddy Carter (R-Ga.).

H.R. 1316, the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, is similar to legislation introduced in the 114th Congress in 2015. It would require PBMs to provide updates to pharmacies for maximum allowable costs lists and set a standard for how frequently those lists are updated. Read the fact sheet about the legislation.

Contact your representative and ask him or her to sign on as a cosponsor of this critical legislation. Visit the NCPA Legislative Action Center to send him or her an email, and be sure to register for the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In April 26-27 in Washington, D.C., and ask for their support in person.

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bluecross In House Speeches, Pharmacy Champions Expose PBMs' Role in Higher Rx Prices
Led by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), pharmacy champions took to the House floor yesterday to denounce PBM tactics that are hurting patients and pharmacies. Community pharmacies "are under constant threat of going out of business because of PBMs," Collins declared, speaking in the House chamber. "PBMs exploit the market, prey on community pharmacists using spread pricing and retroactive DIRs. They also use a disproportionate share of the market to steer patients to pharmacies they own themselves."

Collins was joined during the one-hour "special order" by Reps. Brian Babin (R-Tex.), Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), and Austin Scott (R-Ga.). Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) submitted a statement and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) was among the lawmakers who tweeted their support. Follow NCPA on Twitter to see tweets and retweets on the speeches.

Watch the speeches on C-SPAN and visit NCPA on Facebook.

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bluecross Eye on PBMs
The video and articles linked below help explain some of the confusing and opaque PBM practices you face every day. Share them on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts to help your friends and followers understand the impact PBMs have on patients and pharmacies. And, ICYMI, read about pizzas and a different kind of PBM.

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bluecross Tell Capitol Hill to End PBM Abuses
If you're not sitting at the table, you could be on the menu. Don't be the PBMs' dinner! Come to Washington April 26-27 for the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In and tell your elected officials in person why Congress needs to rein in PBMs' abusive practices. In-person meetings are the most compelling way to make our message heard on Capitol Hill, so we've made the event much shorter and more affordable this year so you can come to Washington and meet with decision-makers. The Hilton Alexandria will serve as the anchor hotel, but we do not have a room block. That gives you more flexibility to choose a hotel that suits your needs (find a list of hotel options on the NCPA website). Register now online or by calling 1-800-544-7447 and fight for community pharmacy. All it takes is one day and your voice.

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PHARMACY SOLUTIONS

bluecross Earn CE on a March 8 Webinar: Setting Up a Travel Immunization Niche
With international travel continuing to increase exponentially and many travelers visiting destinations that require vaccinations, the potential in this niche gives community pharmacies an opportunity for growth not just in vaccines, but in ancillary services as well. Join the NCPA Innovation Center's March 8 live webinar for a pharmacy owner's perspective on the opportunities from marketing and detailing to delivery and follow-up in the travel immunization niche. The webinar is FREE and open to all pharmacists. (CE credit available only to those participating in the entire live webinar.)

NCPA Members Forum: Immunizations Beyond Flu
Date: March 8 at 2 p.m. ET
Speaker: Justin Wilson, PharmD, Valu-Med Pharmacy, Midwest City, Okla.
Advance registration is required. Please contact Sue Hagler at sue.hagler@ncpanet.org with any questions.

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bluecross Back by Popular Demand: Re-Engineering Your Pharmacy Boot Camp—Save $$ By Registering Early!
Changes in health care and payment reform have brought about new opportunities for community pharmacy. The NCPA Innovation Center's Re-Engineering Your Pharmacy Boot Camp is a peer-led immersion course designed to help you navigate the management of an enhanced service pharmacy. The Boot Camp will be held May 5-6 in the New York City metro area. From motivating your staff and taking on new responsibilities to business planning for enhanced services, this program has it all. Take your pharmacy to the next level in this high-energy program. Register now and save $50!

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bluecross Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Recently Approved in Three States
NCPA recognizes the Examination for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) as an excellent assessment of competency for entry-level pharmacy technicians. ExCPT was recently approved by the boards of pharmacy in California, Arizona, and Texas. Through certification, pharmacy technicians demonstrate knowledge and competency in the core tasks they will be performing, which in turn enhances patient safety. The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has awarded over 650,000 certifications to allied health professionals, including pharmacy technicians.

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