HHS Announces “Safe” Drug Importation Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week that it and the FDA are publishing a Safe Importation Action Plan with two pathways for drug importation of certain drugs from foreign markets.  HHS Secretary Alex Azar stated that this “announcement outlines the pathways the Administration intends to explore to allow safe […]

National Pharmacy Organizations Address Pharmacist Well-Being Through Consensus Conference Recommendations

In response to rapid changes in pharmacy practice models and a changing and evolving health care system that impacting the well-being of the nation’s pharmacists, 85 individuals representing pharmacists and employers from across practice settings, schools and colleges of pharmacy, regulators, accreditors, and professional organizations have agreed to a set of 50 recommendations to address […]

Over 200 Pharmacy Stakeholder Groups Urge Senate Finance to Fix DIR

Over 200 pharmacy stakeholder and patient advocacy groups sent a letter to Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, urging them to include DIR fee reform in their drug pricing legislation.  NASPA, along with NCPA, APhA, and many state pharmacy associations, signed on to the letter. The […]

National Pharmacy Organizations Write Azar Regarding Drug Importation

NASPA, along with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), wrote U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar this week regarding state prescription drug importation plans.  All three organizations oppose the approval of a state drug importation program that meets a lower standard than that set […]

PTCB Awards Medication Safety Grants to State Associations

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has awarded grants to support projects that promote medication safety and advance the role of pharmacy technicians to four state pharmacy associations including the Iowa Pharmacy Association, North Dakota Pharmacists Association, and the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. “PTCB continually collaborates with state pharmacy associations to advance patient safety and care,” […]

Pharmacy Groups Applaud Bipartisan Effort for DIR Relief

National pharmacy organizations applauded the bipartisan Congressional focus on closing the DIR loophole in the recent Medicare rule.  Last week, 105 members of the House of Representatives sent the Trump Administration a letter, and 28 senators sent a similar letter.  NASPA, along with National Community Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, American Pharmacists […]