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Student Pharmacists in California Help Seniors Navigate their Medicare Plans

For many seniors, the annual process of reviewing and updating their Medicare plans can be both confusing and challenging. To help seniors navigate their health plans, a series of free clinics staffed with student pharmacists is being held throughout Northern California this fall to help Medicare beneficiaries better understand their medications and save on drug…

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Pharmacists Question How to Ensure Accuracy of Translated Prescription Labels

In California, the State Board of Pharmacy is considering a proposal that would require pharmacies to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles. While on the surface this requirement might be considered a good thing, the reality is that pharmacists would be required to dispense medications in a language they do not understand. Requiring pharmacists…

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Greater Transparency for Pharmacy Benefit Managers Recommended by Federal Advisory Council

The role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) is to help lower drug costs for consumers, health plan sponsors and payers – including government programs. Unfortunately, the lack of transparency in their pricing methods and compensation received (such as pharmaceutical manufacturer rebates) makes it difficult to verify whether a PBM is actually fulfilling their obligation to…

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Congressional Investigation Looks into Increasing Generic Drug Prices

Amid dramatic increases in generic drug acquisition costs, earlier this year the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) requested a congressional hearing to examine the factors leading to these cost spikes, including pricing methods used by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). In response, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) have recently launched an investigation…