Academy of Independent Pharmacies-Texas Members Join NCPA

Alexandria, Va. - Feb. 11, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) is pleased to welcome the pharmacy members of the Academy of Independent Pharmacists-Texas to membership in NCPA.

"AIP-Texas has been a strong advocate of independent pharmacy and supporter of NCPA," said Robert J. Greenwood, RPh, NCPA President and Iowa pharmacy owner. "We are excited to now have all AIP-Texas members joining NCPA to strengthen the voice of independent pharmacists and their patients."

"AIP-Texas is pleased to be able to provide NCPA membership to its investors," said Ed Horton, RPh, AIP-Texas Chair and Texas pharmacy owner. "AIP-Texas is committed to supporting NCPA’s efforts. This partnership is a natural complement to our joining forces with American Pharmacies to create the Texas Pharmacy Business Council. By uniting, independent community pharmacists can help to advance our profession and our ability to continue providing cost-saving care to patients."

NCPA is the leading advocate in Washington and around the country for independent community pharmacies and their patients. In addition to benefitting from and supporting NCPA’s advocacy efforts, AIP-Texas investors will now have access to additional perquisites of NCPA membership, including financial benchmarking, via the NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health; exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions and updates on health care reform implementation; programs like Dispose My Meds prescription drug disposal; and discounts on the best pharmacy meetings in the industry.

AIP-Texas promotes the practice of independent pharmacy in Texas by providing a forum for independents to exchange information, develop strategies, goals, and objectives. AIP-Texas advocates on legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of independent pharmacists and their patients both in Texas and across the United States.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% 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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