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Pharmacy Issues at the Federal Level 

While we can't afford to be in Washington on a regular basis, PPA does work closely with a number of national organizations on their advocacy efforts on the federal level. Below are some of the issues we're currently advocating on at the federal level.

 

 

  • DIR Fees: Direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees levied on pharmacy providers result in enormous clawbacks taken from community pharmacies weeks or months after prescriptions are filled. Such retroactive fees on pharmacies can artificially inflate patient costs and force Medicare beneficiaries into the "coverage gap" sooner. The Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act (H.R.1038 / S.413) would ban these retroactive payment reductions and increase transparency. Click here to learn more about DIR Fees and what you can do to help!

 

  • Drug Importation: PPA is partnering with national organizations to ensure patients receive medications from licensed United States pharmacies and to decrease the supply of counterfeit medications. Click here to learn more about this issue then click here to contact your federal legislators and let them know the dangers of allowing unlicensed foreign fake pharmacies to dispense in the United States.

 

 

Highlights of PPA's Efforts

Proposal Would Help Medically Underserved Areas

Ed Bechtel

December 20, 2015

 

Recognize pharmacists as providers under Medicare, help system for seniors

Patricia Epple

August 25, 2015

 

On March 28, 2017, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA), along with with 117 other health care groups, signed on to letters supporting the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act (H.R.1038 / S.413) that were then sent to members of the United States Congress. Click here to view the letter sent to members of the United States Senate and click here to view the letter sent to members of the United States House of Representatives.

 

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