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NCPA launches two campaigns

NCPA launches two campaigns

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The National Community Pharmacists Association has launched Fight4Rx to alert patients to the growing risk that their neighborhood pharmacy may close, not because of the coronavirus pandemic but because of what it calls “excessive profiteering.” The group says PMBs contribute to higher costs for patients, limit pharmacy choice and, in some cases, deny coverage for needed medications. “PBM policies are a leading reason why pharmacies have been closing at a rate of more than 75 per month for the last two years,” said B. Douglas Hoey, president of the NCPA. “It's clear our patients have as much at stake as we do. So we're alerting our patients, our neighbors who rely on us for better health.” The NCPA launched Fight4Rx to engage patients by making it easy for them to contact their elected representatives and to spread the word in their communitiesÖThe NCPA has also launched a “Your Neighbor” national media campaign to honor pharmacists on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. “Pharmacies are the most frequent point of care for most Americans,” said Brian Caswell, owner of Wolkar Drug in Kansas and president of the NCPA. “Local pharmacists see many more patients on a daily basis than any other health care provider and that's especially true now. They and their employees are leaning straight into this national emergency and taking care of their neighbors.” The campaign will feature testimonials from patients of neighborhood pharmacies.

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