Alaska Pharmacy Association: Taking Action

This year marks 53 years of Alaskan pharmacists gathering at the Alaska Pharmacy Association Convention and Trade Show. This year’s convention, in February, took place at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Mellissa Ellis, WSPC Business Consultant (pictured at left with WSPC Alaska Regional Leader Dirk White), joined WSPC members to attend and host a booth. “As… Read more »

What HR 9 Means for Your Pharmacy Business and How You Can Get Involved

by Dirk White, RPh, EVP of Legislative Affairs & Regional Leader for Alaska ’Tis the season, or so it seems in retail, always a season or holiday. Which season is this you ask? Well, legislative season, when almost every state legislative body gavels back into session, and we take up old legislation left intact or… Read more »

Important Legislation Updates Regarding California’s Medi-Cal Changes

WSPC President and CEO John Bruce recently reached out to our partners at NCPA for greater insight into the Medi-Cal changes. Medi-Cal’s planned clawback recoupment is putting an even greater squeeze on community pharmacy and jeopardizing patient healthcare. NCPA and the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) are working together to lead the battle against the Department… Read more »

California Pharmacists

California Pharmacists Feel the Pressure

Medi-Cal’s planned clawback recoupment is putting an even greater squeeze on community pharmacy and jeopardizing patient healthcare. The California Pharmacist Association (CPhA) is asking for your help. Through legislation and advocacy, CPhA leads the battle against the Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS), who oversees Medi-Cal. The critical decision made by DHCS to not carve out… Read more »

NCPA Pharmacy Fly In

2019 Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

Join our EVP of Legislative Affairs, Dirk White, RPh, and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) for the 2019 Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In! Fly in, get briefed, go to Capitol Hill, share your story with member of Congress, and fly home. It’s a small investment of your time that can make a whopping difference in how… Read more »

NCPA Advocacy Efforts

Think the NCPA’s Advocacy Efforts Don’t Affect You? Think Again…

Getting results from Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures, and the courts takes strategy and patience. Throughout that process, it’s critical for you to be informed and engaged. These select examples help illustrate the benefits of National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA) advocacy efforts; in the past year alone, NCPA has: Coordinated 153 industry stakeholders to sign… Read more »

Not On My Watch

NOT ON MY WATCH! … Again … NOT ON MY WATCH! … Again…

By Dirk White, RPh, Executive Vice President, Legislative Affairs, WSPC As you may recall, this was how Georgia Congressman Doug Collins ended his keynote speech at ThoughtSpot this year. It was a great reminder of the importance of political action. In my home state, many elections have been won or lost on a single vote,… Read more »

The 4 Policy Changes Hitting Pharmacies

By Valerie DeBenedette, DrugTopics Here’s a sentence that has been true for millennia: Change is coming. In pharmacy, for the next six months to two years, this could be truer than ever as laws and regulations come into effect that could benefit the profession. Some expected changes have been long sought for, while others are… Read more »

CMS Officially Puts Plans on Notice to Stop Using Pharmacy Gag Orders

From OurIndependentVoice.com, May 18, 2018 As promised by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar at a briefing on the Drumpf Administration’s drug pricing blueprint earlier this week, on May 17th, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified all Medicare Part D plan sponsors that, “CMS finds any form of ‘gag clauses’… Read more »

Key House Panel Passes E-prescribing Bill

On May 9th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act (H.R. 3528)-which would require e-prescribing for Schedule II through V controlled substances prescriptions covered under Medicare Part D to help address the opioid abuse epidemic. Pictured, at right is U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), one of the bill’s authors,… Read more »