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Independent pharmacies break through on PBMs

July 8, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Constant efforts by independent pharmacy stakeholders have unleashed a “tidal wave” of activity to reform pharmacy benefit managers, says Matthew Seiler, general counsel for the National Community Pharmacists Association.  In June, the Federal Trade Commission announced it would initiate a formal study of PBM behavior and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted to advance the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act introduced...

Community Pharmacy, DIR fees, Independent Pharmacy, NCPA, PBMs

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NCPA president discusses impact of M&A with FTC

April 20, 2022HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – National Community Pharmacists Association President Michele Belcher participated in a recent Federal Trade Commission-Department of Justice online listening forum on the effects of mergers and acquisitions. Belcher, who is owner of Grants Pass Pharmacy in Grants Pass, Ore., described to FTC Chair Lina M. Khan, Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter and others how the take-it-or-leave-it contracts between pharmacy benefit managers and independent pharmacies lead to harms...

Consolidation, Independent Pharmacy, National Community Pharmacists Association

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Survey: Pharmacists feel squeeze

November 10, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Independent pharmacies are struggling to fill staff positions and deal with supply chain disruptions, as well as deal with market pressures like pharmacy benefit manager direct and indirect remuneration fees and vertical integration, according to a new survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association. “Pharmacists have worked heroically throughout the pandemic so to have insurance middlemen push so many of these small business owners to the edge is troubling,”...

Independent Pharmacy, National Community Pharmacists Association

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Quinlan’s Pharmacy and Medical Equipment works to help slow pandemic

January 29, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WAYLAND, N.Y. – Provider John Quinlan has been working the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, both taking care of patients and advocating for vaccine access for his employees and the general public.  As both a home medical equipment provider and a pharmacy, he’s well positioned to do both.  “We’re working with hospitals and other providers to secure beds and concentrators – there’s a huge shortage...

Coronavirus Outbreak, COVID-19 Vaccine, Independent Pharmacy, Quinlan's Pharmacy

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Top honors

June 29, 2016HME News Staff

Pediatric Home Service has been recognized as one of Minnesota's Top 150 Workplaces by the Star Tribune. PHS was named eighth best mid-size company. It's the sixth year in a row that the St. Paul, Minn.-based PHS has made the list Rex Pharmacy has been named the 2016 Pharmacy of the Year by McKesson. The award recognizes independent pharmacies that are driving the future of independent pharmacies, according to a release. The Atlantic, Iowa-based Rex Pharmacy was honored at an awards ceremony...

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Marble City Pharmacy wins top award from McKesson

June 30, 2015HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO - Marble City Health Mart Pharmacy in Sylacauga, Ala., has been named the 2014 Pharmacy of the Year by McKesson. The award recognizes independent pharmacies that are best-in-class in a range of areas, including innovative approaches to their business and outstanding service to their community. McKesson recognized three additional pharmacies as regional winners: The Prescription Shop Health Mart Pharmacy in Montebello, Calif., Towncrest Health Mart Pharmacy in Iowa City, Iowa, and First...

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Keep on learning

November 26, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

It's been years since the days when lunch counters were a staple of community pharmacies, but with 66 years under its belt, the family-owned Lehan Drugs and Home Medical Equipment in Dekalb, Ill., is doing something right. In September, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association honored pharmacist/owners Tim and Ann Lehan as its 2012 Illinois Retailers of the Year. Tim Lehan spoke with HME News recently about the importance of evolving and the value of a $2 bill.HME News: How did Lehan Drug get its...

Community Pharmacy, Independent Pharmacy

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Dial-a-pharmacist? Can you say 1-800 good luck?

May 31, 2011Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

An indy pharmacy in Vermont has been sold. The new owner, Kinney Drugs, plans to operate it as a "remote" pharmacy. What's that, you ask? There won't actually be a pharmacist on-hand. A pharmacy tech will fill the scripts using a computer link with a pharmacist. Got a question for the pharmacist? You'll have to dial an 800 number: If you'd like to speak with a pharmacist, press 1. How cold and impersonal can you get? (Disclaimer: I use CVS and have no idea who the pharmacist is, nor do I ever have...

e-SP, Independent Pharmacy

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Medical profession skeptical about Walgreens plan

January 20, 2010Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Well now I'm thoroughly confused. I just read an article about how a new program at Walgreens that would offer face-to-face consulting services for Type 2 diabetes patients is being panned. By the medical profession. Now, I realize there is no love lost among independent pharmacies for Walgreens. But, at the heart of the issue, isn't this sort of service supposed to  help the patients—and save the health care system money? Isn't this sort of service what's supposed to separate the good...

e-SP, Health care reform, Independent Pharmacy, Pharmacy, type 2 diabetes, walgreens

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NCPA takes to the airwaves

January 5, 2010Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

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...

Accreditation, Coster, DME, DME, e-SP, Independent Pharmacy, NCPA, Pharmacists

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