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PCMA Statement on Drug Pricing Agreement in the Budget Bill

(Washington, D.C.) — Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO JC Scott issued the following statement on Congress’ agreement on drug pricing language for the budget bill: “We appreciate congressional negotiators’ focus on prescription drug prices and applaud the inclusion of repeal of the rebate rule, a rule which threatens to dramatically increase premiums for...

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Understanding Differences Between The Number of Pharmacies Reported by NCPA and NCPDP

Over the last several years, it has become increasingly apparent that there is a growing data discrepancy between reports that rely on data from the independent pharmacy advocate and the lobbyist organization – National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the pharmacy counts reported by the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited...

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The Pharmacy Benefit Brief | October 2021

Welcome to the Pharmacy Benefit Brief. This brief is your monthly snapshot of news from America’s prescription drug supply chain including pharmacy benefit managers, independent pharmacies, and drug manufacturers.   PLEASE, JUST THE FACTS ON PHARMACY COUNTS… When it comes to truly understanding the number of independent pharmacies in the United States, there’s really only...

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PCMA Statement on House Judiciary Committee Vote on Drug Pricing Legislation

(Washington, D.C.) — Pharmaceutical Care Management Association President and CEO JC Scott issued the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of H.R. 2883, the “Stop Stalling Access to Affordable Medications”; H.R. 2891, the “Preserve Access to Affordable Generics and Biosimilars Act”; H.R. 2873, the “Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Promoting Competition Act of...

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Dr. William Fleming of Humana Becomes Chairman of PCMA Board of Directors

(Washington, D.C.) — Recently, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) announced Dr. William Fleming, President of Pharmacy Solutions and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Humana Inc., as the new chairman of its board of directors. “I am honored to take on this role at this crucial time for the PBM industry,” said Dr. Fleming. “Serving as...

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There are More Independent Pharmacies, Just Look at Real, Accurate Data

I’m not a lobbyist, I’m a researcher. But working for the trade association representing PBMs, it’s hard not to notice that the National Community Pharmacists Association, NCPA, repeatedly asserts that independent pharmacy counts are declining. PCMA has done research on this issue, and found an increase in the number of independent pharmacies. Now, we’re going...

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High Drug Prices: An Environmental Overview

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The Pharmacy Benefit Brief | September 2021

Welcome to the Pharmacy Benefit Brief. This brief is your monthly snapshot of news from America’s prescription drug supply chain including pharmacy benefit managers, independent pharmacies, and drug manufacturers.     THE GREAT DISPENSING DEBATE… Among ways that pharmacists are paid for the work that they do, they are paid fees for the act of...

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The Medicare Prescription Drug Rebate Rule

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