News Releases - 2017

NCPA Backs Generic Prescription Drug Transparency Provision in Defense Bill

by NCPA | Nov 17, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 17, 2017) — The National Community Pharmacists Association strongly supports a provision establishing maximum allowable cost transparency for TRICARE's retail pharmacy program in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress.

In response, NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, Pharmacist, MBA, issued the following statement:

"Active and retired military and their families' access to generic prescription drugs at retail pharmacies has been strengthened thanks to the leadership of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.), as well as Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.). They helped ensure a provision included in the Medicare Part D program since 2016 will soon be a part of TRICARE in the Defense Authorization bill passed by the Senate and House of Representatives.

"Well over 80 percent of prescriptions dispensed in pharmacies are generic, yet the current system for reimbursing pharmacies unnecessarily hurts these health care providers and their patients. The problem stems from the administrators of prescription drug plans — pharmacy benefit managers — not divulging their criteria for establishing reimbursements or being consistent with making the necessary changes when prices rise.

"The nearly two-year-old Part D requirement that PBMs provide pharmacies more information about their compensation and update their MAC lists every seven days has been extended to TRICARE. This increased transparency enhances the ability of pharmacies to provide robust generic prescription drug services that improve health outcomes."

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