Quality Care Pharmacies Join NCPA

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Alexandria, Va. - May 4, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is pleased to welcome all of the pharmacy members of Quality Care Pharmacies to membership in NCPA.

"Community pharmacies like the members of Quality Care Pharmacies have been in business so long over the years because they are constantly adapting to satisfy the needs of their patients," said Robert J. Greenwood, RPh, NCPA President and Iowa pharmacy owner. "Quality Care Pharmacies and NCPA agree that superior customer service and cost-saving medication counseling are the cornerstones of independent community pharmacy. We are proud to have them join us and we look forward to working together to raise awareness about that standard."

"Quality Care Pharmacies understands the frustration being felt by community pharmacy at the endless stream of bad news in regards to PBMs and their bad pay, bad faith and in the case of CVS Caremark, outright manipulation of patient data. NCPA's relentless advocacy for community pharmacy is greatly appreciated by Quality Care Pharmacies. We look forward to our continued involvement with NCPA, on behalf of our members, in the years to come," said Robin Willmott, Quality Care Pharmacies Executive Director.

NCPA is the leading advocate in Washington and around the country for independent community pharmacies and their patients. In addition to benefitting from and supporting NCPA's advocacy efforts, Quality Care Pharmacies' members will now have access to additional perquisites of NCPA membership, including financial benchmarking, via the NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health; exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions; updates on health care reform implementation; programs like the Dispose My Meds prescription drug disposal; and discounts on the best pharmacy meetings in the industry.

Quality Care Pharmacies, based in Springville, N.Y., is a buying and advertising cooperative that offers rebates and signage to independently owned pharmacies. Founded in 1989 in upstate New York with three members, the cooperative now boasts more than 450 member pharmacies in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticutt and Ohio.

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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