NCPA takes to the airwaves


John Coster, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) addressed independent pharmacy issues in a January 4 video posted on YouTube.

The association is still working on a "permanent fix" to DME accreditation, he said.

"Many of you have become accredited, some have not," said Coster. "This permanent exemption will benefit everybody. We believe it will be enacted as part of health care reform."

In case you're one of the three people who hasn't heard: both the House and the Senate reform bills have provisions that would exempt pharmacists from mandatory accreditation. Industry stakeholders hope to see a final version of the bill in February.

Incidentally, NCPA has a couple of other videos posted to YouTube which humorously cover pharmacy-related topics outside the scope of HME News. Check them out and see for yourself.

Theresa Flaherty


I have since become accredited, and for $4,000+ have now collected a file cabinet full of even MORE papers, tons of e-mails wanting more documents(which are not even read since we have tested this theory) and a certificate that states we have been fully accredited from an organization that has nothing to pharmacy nor know how an independent pharmacy runs. I'm not even proud to display the certificate since it only provokes questions of, "who send you this.. you don't know anything about feet or teeth."