CDC Releases 2019-20 Flu Vaccine Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its influenza vaccine recommendations last month in the August 23 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This report reviews information about the upcoming influenza season, including: Outlining the available influenza vaccine products (Inactivated, recombinant, dosages, etc.) Changes and updates from the 2018-2019 seasons Specific group recommendations […]

CPF Announces Flip the Pharmacy Awardees

The Community Pharmacy Foundation has announced the 2019 “Flip the Pharmacy” awardees.  These 20 “practice transformation teams” will participate in the two-year program aimed to “transform community-based pharmacies away from point-in-time, prescription-level care processes and business models to longitudinal and patient-level care processes and business models through the use of hands on coaching.” CPESN USA […]

Illinois Governor Signs PBM Legislation

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation this week creating a regulatory framework for pharmacy benefit managers in the state.  HB 465 goes into effect January 1, 2020, and hopes to protect patients and increase access by: Requiring insurers to apply third-party payments, discounts, vouchers and co-pay cards to a deductible, the co-pay, or out-of-pocket maximum […]

NASPA Welcomes New Staff

NASPA is excited to welcome Tricia Dewey to the team! Tricia comes to NASPA with a background in communications and marketing.  She began her career working for PBS in the Independent Lens Division, focusing on independent film submissions.  She then spent eight years working for Metro Productions, travelling all over the world planning video productions.  […]

Texas Moves to Add Transparency to Drug Costs

A new law in Texas moves to add greater transparency to drug pricing in the state.  Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed HB 2356 this summer, which requires pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and health benefit plans to report drug pricing information to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The reporting requirements […]

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 […]