CNN Story Highlights Flu-Shot Importance, Barriers in State Laws

“There’s no medical reason children shouldn’t get flu shots at a pharmacy.”  That is how a pediatric infectious disease specialist was paraphrased in a CNN online story published this week. The article describes one family’s heart-breaking story, and describes barriers in state laws that prevent even more widespread reliance on the accessibility of pharmacies.  As stated […]

CDC Releases Collaborative Practice Agreement Webinar

In 2015, cardiovascular disease alone contributed to one in three deaths in the United States. A team-based, patient centered approach to care results in personalized, timely, and empowered patient care as well as facilitates communication and coordination among team members.  Pharmacists are well positioned to assist the healthcare team in the treatment and management of […]

National Pharmacy Organizations Launch New Campaign Emphasizing Value of Pharmacists

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), along with NASPA, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and other pharmacy and healthcare organizations, has launched a new public awareness campaign aimed at educating consumers about the invaluable contributions pharmacists make to their patients and to our nation’s healthcare system as a whole. The coalition of partner organizations, […]

PhRMA Members Take New Approach to DTC Television Advertising

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) member companies have announced new voluntary direct-to-consumer principles aimed at providing more transparency about medicine costs in television advertising.  They have also launched a new platform to provide patients with cost and financial assistance information. “Our member companies are taking a new approach to how they communicate about […]

President Signs ‘Gag Clause’ Ban

President Trump has signed legislation prohibiting “gag clauses” that may result in patients being charged inflated prices.  The president signed S. 2553, the Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018, and S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, on Wednesday afternoon.  Both bills would allow pharmacists to tell patients when they could […]

WSPA, NCPA, and NACDS Applaud CMS Decision

The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) applaud the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to reject Washington State’s below-cost dispensing fees.  This decision should cause Washington State to increase its dispensing fees to cover pharmacies’ costs, and apply […]