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NACDS touts pharmacists’ role in vaccinations for House subcommittee hearing

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores made its voice heard in the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the role of pharmacists in influenza vaccination, the retail pharmacy lobbying group said Wednesday.

The subcommittee had a meeting Wednesday titled “Influenza: Perspective on Current Season and Update on Preparedness,” drawing a statement from the NACDS about the recognition of community pharmacists’ by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for helping prevent the spread of infectious diseases through vaccinations.

“According to data collected by CDC, pharmacists have been instrumental in increasing the vaccination rate in the United States,” the statement read. “In fact, the CDC has specifically asked the pharmacy community for its continued support and efforts to help address vaccination needs in their local communities.”


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SoloHealth CEO joins exclusive Dell-sponsored group

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — SoloHealth founder and CEO Bart Foster has joined the Dell Innovators Credit Fund Founders Club, which computer manufacturer Dell created for what it regards as innovative business leaders, SoloHealth said.

The group, whose membership is by invitation only, is part of the Dell Innovators Credit Fund, the computer maker’s commitment of up to $100 million to fuel entrepreneurial initiatives in the global marketplace through end-to-end technology solutions, access to credit, advice and expertise. Dell is a strategic partner with SoloHealth, which uses Dell’s OEM Solutions technology, development and deployment expertise in its SoloHealth Station kiosks. The two companies have produced more than 1,400 kiosks in retail locations nationwide, and Foster was invited to display the station and participate in Dell’s annual DellWorld event that took place in December 2012.

The news comes weeks after SoloHealth announced its partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation’s 2013 Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which also includes companies like GE, Humana and Tenet Healthcare Corp.


 

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NCPA outlines legislative priorities

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday announced its federal and state legislative priorities with the release of the Independent Community Pharmacy Checklist. The one-page document details the main legislative actions NCPA and its members will advocate for this year at the federal and state levels. 

“The healthcare landscape is changing rapidly as efforts to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs gain momentum,” stated Douglas Hoey, NCPA CEO. "Although there are many issues affecting the ability of patients to access their medications and have a choice in their pharmacist, we believe these legislative priorities have the greatest potential to benefit patients and the pharmacists who serve them," he said. “The largest impediment to independent community pharmacies serving the needs of their patients is the bureaucratic morass they must wade through and the questionable business practices of often unregulated pharmacy benefit managers, which are why greater oversight of this industry is badly needed."

NCPA supports legislative efforts to provide greater choice of pharmacies for consumers, basic transparency in generic prescription drug reimbursement calculations and fairer standards for pharmacy audits at the federal level.

NCPA also supports expanding the pharmacist’s role in health care through coordinated care models, as a first step toward gaining provider status. And NCPA supports preserving patient access to diabetes testing supplies by removing the provision in the fiscal cliff deal to impose draconian reimbursement cuts to these vital products.

Other legislative issues supported by NCPA include protecting patient access to traditional compounding and preserving military family access to community pharmacies by increasing generic prescription drug utilization, while preserving patient choice of pharmacies.

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