STOUGHTON, Wisc. and Alexandria, Va. - August 23, 2010
The Compliant Pharmacy Alliance Cooperative® (CPA) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced a new collaboration to better advocate for community pharmacists and their patients.
CPA encompasses six individual purchasing organizations that collectively represent over 700 pharmacies, providing additional buying power to its members, family-owned and other privately-held independent pharmacies. As the leading advocacy organization for community pharmacies, NCPA provides its members with robust advocacy efforts in Washington and elsewhere as well as timely business solutions to allow local pharmacies to compete and to continue serving their patients.
Under their newly expanded partnership, CPA and NCPA hope to generate new NCPA members and continue CPA's substantial support for programs like NCPA's Legislative Defense Fund (LDF). This, in turn, would allow NCPA to implement more effective advocacy programs to better support community pharmacies. CPA leadership's stewardship appeal has resulted in the majority of members voluntarily pledging donations based on a percentage of pharmacy purchases. Those CPA members who are NCPA members and already contributing to the LDF will be urged to contribute to NCPA's political action committee (PAC).
"NCPA's strong voice is a critical component enabling independent pharmacists to continue to be recognized and valued for their contributions to our health care system. Every CPA member takes pride in managing patients and medications; a strong national voice assures the sanctity of those relationships," said Ed Heckman, RPh, CPA's Chief Executive Officer and General Manager.
"The Compliant Pharmacy Alliance Cooperative® and NCPA make a great team. We are very appreciative of CPA's leadership in activating their membership and providing significant support of NCPA's activities on behalf of community pharmacy. We're excited about what this partnership can accomplish for community pharmacists and for our patients," said Arlington, Texas pharmacy owner and NCPA President Joseph H. Harmison, PD. "Local pharmacists face unprecedented challenges, such as declining reimbursement, pharmacy benefit manager abuses, mandatory mail order policies, and restricted patient choice resulting from the CVS Caremark merger. Working together, our combined efforts will give independent pharmacists and their patients a stronger voice to address these and other issues and achieve a more level pharmacy playing field."
The Compliant Pharmacy Alliance Cooperative® was formed in 1994 with its central office in Stoughton, WI. The six CPA member purchasing organizations include Great Lakes Pharmacies, Independent Pharmacies of America, Phoenix Pharmacy Group, Lone Star Rx, Carolina Pharmacies Unlimited, and Pharmacy Partners of America. For additional information, visit www.compliantrx.com.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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