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Pharmacy Groups Say New Rebate Rule Does Not Do Enough to Support Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The country’s leading pharmacy groups issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s new final rule on prescription drug rebates:

“While we want our patients to pay less for their prescription drugs, this rule does not accomplish that. It will likely increase their insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and may limit patients’ access to care by forcing more pharmacies to close.

“We have repeatedly provided evidence that any action on prescription rebates must also address pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees. Pharmacy DIR fees are causing patient prescription drug costs to soar and limiting patient access to care as more pharmacies are forced to close. Our organizations have previously weighed in on the possible dire impact of rebate reform on pharmacies, namely late payments, lack of transparency to pharmacy reimbursement or chargeback amounts at the point of sale, unclear regulatory oversight, and costs associated with implementing such system outlined in the final rebate rule. Without pharmacy DIR fee reform, the impact of implementing a system to pass rebates onto patients at the pharmacy counter may prove disastrous for patients and pharmacies.”

Pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees are growing beyond CMS’ projection of 10 percent year-over-year. This growth of pharmacy DIR fees is especially unsustainable during the current COVID-19 public health emergency when our members, representing every aspect of the pharmacy industry, care for patients while also providing access to COVID-19 tests and working to provide access to vaccines.

APhA2021 To Be Held as an Entirely Virtual Conference

The American Pharmacists Association announced today that APhA2021, the only conference that brings together the entire pharmacy profession, is scheduled to take place virtually March 12-15, 2021.

American Pharmacists Association Announces Council to Guide Strategy to Engage Hospital and Health System Pharmacists

The American Pharmacists Association proudly announces the formation of its inaugural Hospital and Health System Strategy Council. This distinguished group of pharmacists and pharmacy residents is charged with providing APhA guidance as it develops tools, resources and unique member benefits for pharmacists and leaders in hospital and health system practice.

APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Scott J. Knoer, who is also former Chief Pharmacy Officer at Cleveland Clinic, signaled his desire to strengthen APhA’s hospital and health system membership and resources earlier this fall upon hiring APhA’s new Chief of Staff, Rafael Saenz, who is the former Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Virginia Health System.

Knoer said, “Many in Washington and across our profession look to APhA as a voice for all of pharmacy. I want to state, very clearly, that APhA does not just represent one segment of the profession, but all of pharmacy. This council will help strengthen us in an area where we have been underrepresented.”

APhA–APRS and APhA–APPM Announce 2021 Election Slate

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science (APhA–APRS) and Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management (APhA–APPM) today announced the election slate for the 2021 APhA Elections. 

APhA–APPM also announced the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) election slate for the 2021 APhA Elections. The APhA–APPM SIGs are member-driven groups focused on key areas of interest. Ten of the current 11 SIGs will hold an election in 2021.

The elections for these positions will be held March 12–May 3, 2021.

Ballots for the executive committees and sections of APhA–APPM and APhA–APRS and for the APhA–APPM SIGs will be emailed to members on the afternoon of Friday, March 12, 2021, along with ballots for candidates for APhA’s upcoming Board of Trustees elections. Further election and candidate information is available online at the APhA Election webpage.

APhA Names Dr. Rafael Saenz Chief of Staff

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced today that it has named Rafael Saenz, PharmD, MS, FASHP, as Chief of Staff of the association. Dr. Saenz will have oversight for membership and member relations, health systems and international strategy, meetings and expositions, publications and periodicals, communications and marketing, and creative services.

Dr. Saenz received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and his Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin, while concurrently completing the Pharmacy Administration Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.