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January 24, 2011

Shortly after the Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma joined a group representing the nation's independent community pharmacies and their patients, another organization also has signed up.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Shortly after the Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma joined a group representing the nation's independent community pharmacies and their patients, another organization also has signed up.

The National Community Pharmacists Association said Monday that the Partners in Pharmacy Cooperative have signed up for NCPA membership. PIPCo is an independent pharmacy cooperative owned and managed by its independent community pharmacy members in the north-central United States.

January 18, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association has expanded its membership.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has expanded its membership.

The group said the Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma has signed up all of its members. PPOk members, NCPA said, now will have access to:

  • Financial benchmarking, via the NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health;

  • Exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions and updates on healthcare-reform implementation;

  • Programs, such as Dispose My Meds prescription drug disposal; and

January 13, 2011

NCPA has created a new advisory board to help the organization’s push to expand long-term care pharmacy programming for its members.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has created a new advisory board to help the organization’s push to expand long-term care pharmacy programming for its members.

The new group will play a key role in helping the NCPA to address the business impact of proposed government policy on independent pharmacy. Members include:

  • Jim McMackin of Wilson Pharmacy, Johnson City, Tenn.;

  • Dennis Conlin of Conlin’s Pharmacy, Methuen, Mass.;

January 11, 2011

The nation’s top independent pharmacy group is hailing a recent decision by a major corporation to maintain freedom of choice of where its employees fill their maintenance prescription medicines.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The nation’s top independent pharmacy group is hailing a recent decision by a major corporation to maintain freedom of choice of where its employees fill their maintenance prescription medicines.

The National Community Pharmacists Association today applauded BB&T's decision to reemphasize and continue its employees' choice in filling their maintenance prescriptions, including at independent community pharmacies. The revised policy was communicated to BB&T employees last week.

January 5, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It’s a 53-store collection of independents that serves as a model of neighborhood pharmacy to the nation’s lawmakers. That’s in part thanks to the number of Care pharmacies operating in the nation’s capital and in part due to the franchisee-owned group’s proximity to the headquarters of the National Community Pharmacist Association, which is located across the hall.


“[That proximity] really is an opportunity for us to represent independent pharmacy,” said Michael Wysong, Care CEO. 


January 5, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It’s a battle that raged for more than three years. But in mid-December, the retail pharmacy industry was able to declare a clear, unequivocal victory.


We’re talking, of course, about the struggle to head off what would have been a devastating change in the way Medicaid pays community pharmacies to dispense generic drugs to low-income patients. On Dec. 14, the chain and independent pharmacy lobbies announced they had reached a landmark agreement with the 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that effectively ends the threat.

December 17, 2010

It’s a battle that raged for more than three years. But in mid-December, the retail pharmacy industry was able to declare a clear, unequivocal victory.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — It’s a battle that raged for more than three years. But in mid-December, the retail pharmacy industry was able to declare a clear, unequivocal victory.

(THE NEWS: In landmark victory for retail pharmacy, feds agree to drop last AMP provisions. For the full story, click here)

December 7, 2010

Independent and chain pharmacy groups are making a new push to stake a firm claim to the new healthcare system emerging with the health-reform law enacted earlier this year.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Independent and chain pharmacy groups are making a new push to stake a firm claim to the new healthcare system emerging with the health-reform law enacted earlier this year.

Weighing in on a major aspect of the new law, the independent pharmacy lobby is urging federal health officials to untangle government red tape that could prevent pharmacies from fully participating in newly created health-provider organizations.

November 16, 2010

A group representing the nation's independent pharmacies praised a local drug store's participation in a...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A group representing the nation's independent pharmacies praised a local drug store's participation in a drug take-back program.

November 14, 2010

The natural affinity that has sprung up between independent pharmacy and the generic drug industry—both...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The natural affinity that has sprung up between independent pharmacy and the generic drug industry — both viewed as underdogs in the relentless fight for market position and profits: one versus powerful chain and big-box retailers, the other versus the far more entrenched and well-funded branded drug industry — was never more fully realized than it was at the end of October, when the National Community Pharmacists Association introduced its new top manager to its members at the group’s annual meeting.

November 8, 2010

The National Community Pharmacists Association Tuesday unveiled its complete list of newly installed officers and...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Community Pharmacists Association Tuesday unveiled its complete list of newly installed officers and executive committee members for 2010-2011. All are practicing pharmacists who will serve one-year terms.

 

The independent pharmacy group tapped the new slate of leaders at its 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, held Oct. 23 to 27 in Philadelphia.

 

 

November 7, 2010

The independent pharmacy industry’s top group-purchasing organization and its top lobbying and advocacy group on...

October 28, 2010

The natural affinity that has sprung up between independent pharmacy and the generic drug industry...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The natural affinity that has sprung up between independent pharmacy and the generic drug industry -- both viewed as underdogs in the relentless fight for market position and profits: one versus powerful chain and big-box retailers, the other versus the far more entrenched and well-funded branded drug industry -- was never more fully realized than it was last weekend, when the National Community Pharmacists Association introduced its new top manager to its members at the group’s annual meeting.

October 24, 2010

In order to better facilitate the purchasing of independent community pharmacies, a group that represents...

October 24, 2010

In a highly anticipated move to new leadership, the National Community Pharmacists Association has named...

October 24, 2010

The owner of an independent drug store based in Miami, Okla., was this year's recipient...

October 5, 2010

The National Community Pharmacists Association is giving independent drug store owners some new help in...

October 3, 2010

The association dedicated to the nation's independent pharmacies is expanding with a new division dedicated...

September 26, 2010

Speaking with one voice, the nation’s largest chain and independent pharmacy groups gave a thumbs-up...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Speaking with one voice, the nation’s largest chain and independent pharmacy groups gave a thumbs-up Monday to recent efforts by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., to preserve the right of military members and their dependents to obtain their prescriptions through a retail pharmacy without penalty.

September 21, 2010

Independent pharmacies have garnered the highest customer satisfaction scores among its competitors, according to results...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Independent pharmacies have garnered the highest customer satisfaction scores among its competitors, according to results of a J.D. Power and Associates study.

September 16, 2010

CARE Pharmacies on Friday named Michael Wysong to the position of CEO, effective Sept. 7....

September 12, 2010

After a distinguished, eight-and-a-half-year tenure as chief of the National Community Pharmacists Association, Bruce Roberts,...

After a distinguished, eight-and-a-half-year tenure as chief of the National Community Pharmacists Association, Bruce Roberts, independent pharmacy’s toughest champion, retired June 25 as NCPA’s EVP and CEO. He now is president and CEO of Benecard Services, a small pharmacy benefit manager and prescription benefit facilitator firm founded by pharmacist Richard Ullman. Roberts, a longtime former independent pharmacy owner in Leesburg, Va., brought energy and passion to his role and helped spur a resurgence, both for the organization and independent pharmacy.

August 31, 2010

In an effort to connect independent pharmacy owners looking to sell their pharmacies and those...

August 22, 2010

Propelled by the maxim that in numbers there is strength, the nation’s top independent pharmacy...

August 15, 2010

Adding plenty of fire power to the rapidly improving image of community pharmacists as essential...