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Mar

2024

Congress’ Current Failure to Enact PBM Reforms in Medicare and Medicaid is a Wasted Opportunity; Such Action Remains Must-Pass Legislation in 118th Congress

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Mar

2024

Pharmacy Associations Join Forces to Advocate for Pharmacists During Change Healthcare Outage

Author: James Keagy

(March 1, 2024 – Washington, D.C.) As the Change Healthcare outage is now in its second week, the pharmacy community continues to be challenged and frustrated by the significant impact this has on pharmacies, pharmacy teams, and patients—from both an access to care and an economic perspective. Pharmacies are struggling or—in some cases—unable to process prescription claims, some have not received e-prescriptions for a full week, and many cannot process manufacturer patient assistance copay cards, which patients rely on.

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Mar

2024

Private/public stakeholders shape the future of hormonal contraceptive care at pharmacies

Author: James Keagy

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the Contraceptive Access Initiative (CAI) are delighted to announce progress on a path forward for increasing access to hormonal contraceptives at pharmacies. This follows the successful conclusion of the "Accessible Consumer Choices: Shaping the Future of Contraceptive Care at Pharmacies Summit," held at APhA Headquarters on February 28, 2024. 

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Feb

2024

Change Healthcare Cyberattack

Author: James Keagy

By now, many of you are aware of a cyberattack that has affected Change Healthcare’s ability to communicate with pharmacies. Change Healthcare is a technology company used by many pharmacies; their technology helps pharmacies know how much to charge consumers at the pharmacy counter. As a result of this, many pharmacies throughout America could not transmit insurance claims for their patients.

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Feb

2024

APhA survey shows dispenser DSCSA implementation slow, but encouraging

Author: James Keagy

Three months into the FDA-granted one-year stabilization period for drug supply chain stakeholders to comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), implementation by dispensers (i.e., pharmacies) is off to a slow start, but interest in implementing is high.

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