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 […]

CDC Releases National Diabetes Prevention Program Pharmacy Campaign

Eighty-four million American adults have prediabetes. The National DPP is a partnership of public and private organizations working together to build the infrastructure for nationwide delivery of an evidence-based lifestyle change program for adults with prediabetes to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes. The CDC-approved curriculum incorporates regular opportunities for direct interaction between […]

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 […]

Nearly 150 State Provider Status Bills in 2019

As of June 10, 147 state provider status-related bills have been introduced in 39 states in the 2019 session. NASPA identifies “state provider status-related bills” as those that pertain to pharmacist scope of practice, payment for pharmacist-provided patient care services, and the designation of pharmacists as providers. Of the three categories, scope of practice is […]