Azar visits Pittsburgh community pharmacy

by NCPA | Oct 12, 2018

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Paul Mango, a senior staffer in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Office of the Administrator, visited Spartan Pharmacy in Pittsburgh Friday as part of ongoing efforts to highlight President Trump's signing legislation to ban so-called "gag clauses." Azar met with NCPA member Adam Rice and Kevin McCaffrey, Spartan Pharmacy's owners, and Erich Cushey, NCPA member and owner of Curtis Pharmacy in Washington, Pa. and Claysville, Pa. Karry LaViolette, NCPA's senior vice president of government affairs, was there for the meetings as well. "Banning so-called 'gag clauses' is a good step for patients in need of relief when picking up their prescriptions at the pharmacy counter," said La Violette. "We appreciate Secretary Azar's kind words about NCPA's efforts to move forward the ban on 'gag clauses,' and commend the administration for its ongoing work to tackle the high cost of prescription drugs. There's plenty more to do in terms of lowering drug costs, increasing transparency, and streamlining the prescription drug payment model, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with champions of community pharmacy on these and other important issues."

Last week, Trump signed S. 2553, the Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018, and S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, which give community pharmacists more flexibility in informing patients they could pay less out of pocket for a prescription than by using their health insurance.