NCPA Appoints Steve Pfister to Lead Government Affairs Advocacy for Community Pharmacists, Patients

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Alexandria, Va. July 23, 2013 - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has appointed Washington veteran Steve Pfister as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, to lead the association's advocacy to federal and state policymakers on behalf of independent community pharmacies and the patients that they serve, the association announced today.

"NCPA's calling card is effective advocacy on behalf of the tremendous service and value that independent community pharmacies provide to patients and health plan sponsors," said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "Steve brings a wealth of experience and wisdom that will help take NCPA's advocacy to the next level. He has successfully represented retail small businesses for years and that experience will translate effectively to his work here on behalf of community pharmacies."

"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of community pharmacies across the nation," Pfister said. "NCPA has a vibrant and committed membership and strong grassroots capabilities which will serve us well as we tackle critical issues facing the industry."

Pfister comes to NCPA from Total Spectrum, a public affairs firm where he served as Partner. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the National Retail Federation (NRF) for 12 years. He directed the federation's legislative, regulatory, political and grassroots activities. Pfister also served as a member of the executive staff and was the primary legislative and political liaison to NRF's Board of Directors.

In all, he served at NRF for 24 years, playing a pivotal role in the most significant legislative and regulatory initiatives that faced the retail industry and business communities over the past two decades concerning tax, health and benefits, banking/credit and labor-management relations issues.

Pfister also served as a Republican Floor Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for five years. He is a graduate of the State University of New York, in Plattsburgh, and is a native of upstate New York.


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. Together they represent an $88.5 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more go to or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at

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