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  • 00:20

    Pharmacy Podcast Episode 120 One Step Closer to PBM Reform

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    We talk with the president of Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency - Jason Wallace about the efforts to ensure PBM reform and to preserve choice for our patients and fair-trade for Independent Pharmacy owners. 

     About – P.U.T.T.

    Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency is a growing coalition of independent pharmacists and pharmacy owners dedicated to exposing widespread abuse and manipulation by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). We are a not for profit organization funded by individual members, not corporations or other special interest groups.

    PBMs are remarkably effective at increasing their profits and market shares. The  $29.1 billion merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions created the largest PBM in the nation – increasing the potential for widespread PBM abuse to an alarming new height.

    We created Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency to expose the PBM myth by illustrating the ways they inflate prescription drug costs. Their greed hurts all Americans by draining the economy and obstructing access to medicine.

    Our coalition is comprised of

  • 00:20

    One Step Closer to Pharmacy Benefit Manager Reform

    in Business

    We talk with the president of Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency - Jason Wallace about the efforts to ensure PBM reform and to preserve choice for our patients and fair-trade for Independent Pharmacy owners.


     About – P.U.T.T.


    Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency is a growing coalition of independent pharmacists and pharmacy owners dedicated to exposing widespread abuse and manipulation by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). We are a not for profit organization funded by individual members, not corporations or other special interest groups.


    PBMs are remarkably effective at increasing their profits and market shares. The  $29.1 billion merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions created the largest PBM in the nation – increasing the potential for widespread PBM abuse to an alarming new height.


    We created Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency to expose the PBM myth by illustrating the ways they inflate prescription drug costs. Their greed hurts all Americans by draining the economy and obstructing access to medicine.


    Our coalition is comprised of more than 1,000 pharmacists and pharmacy owners from coast to coast. As major players in the prescription drug market, we have extensive inside knowledge of the PBM industry to share. Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency is a resource for employers, policy makers and members of the media. We are here to explain the intricate PBM business model designed to camouflage their scam.


    PBMs are the unknown middlemen who help lower drug prices, but the industry is dogged by criticism, including lack of transparency.


    http://www.workforce.com/articles/19960-the-pill-game

  • 00:21

    Pharmacy Podcast Episode 80 Reducing Drug Costs and Eliminate Abuses by PBMs

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    We interview our 4th time guest - Dave Marley, founder and board memebr of Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency. (PUTT) 


    Materials from Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency Aim to Reduce Drug Costs and Eliminate Abuses by Pharmacy Benefits Managers 


    Produced by Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency (PUTT), the tool offers an in-depth look at the complexity of negotiating pharmacy benefits and includes information on the role of PBMs, common problems employers face, definitions of industry jargon, and information on rebates, verification and plan services. More information is available at www.truthrx.org.

  • 00:24

    Pharmacy Podcast Episode 49: Transparent Pharmacy Benefit Management Leader ApproRx

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    We interview Kyle Fields - with ApproRx, a transparent PRO-Independent Pharmacy Benefit Management company.


    Appro-Rx is a growing Health Information Technology (HIT) company dedicated to payer medical cost reduction and improvement in patient health outcomes via their provider network. Through the use of Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) technologies, Appro-Rx provides customers with prescription drug claims processing, prescription benefit management tools and other IT needs.


    Appro-Rx’s claims processing engine currently processes prescriptions through its PBM Software backbone for more than 400 thousand covered lives spread over 500+ employer plans and processing approximately 1 million claims per month.


    The principals of Appro-Rx believe strongly that the PBM model is broken, and we have set out to be industry game changers. We are targeting current practices – spread pricing on prescription drugs, manufacturers’ rebates and mandatory mail order programs that benefit PBMs instead of employers and patients. Our mission to bring pricing fairness and transparency to the PBM industry will enable employers to realize significant cost savings and improved health outcomes for their employees. Appro-Rx has backing from independent pharmacists and pharmacy owners; various municipalities throughout the United States; and political and governmental groups.


    Kyle Fields, PharmD, RPh

    Owner/Vice President

    ApproRx

    513-897-1476

    866-900-3711

    Fax: 513-897-1446

    Cell: 513-850-9519

    www.ApproRx.com

    Email: kyle.fields@approrx.com

  • 00:34

    PTR Pharmacy Podcast Episode 30 An Interview with NCPA’s CEO Douglas Hoey.

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    In April of 2011 the NCPA's Executive Committee appointed Doug as NCPA’s CEO.


     


    We discuss with Doug his views on the proposed merger of Express Scripts and Medco, legislation designed to regulated the PBM industry that is pending in Congress, the current state of independent community pharmacies, NCPA efforts to make medication adherence a core competency, and continued plans to help members be more successful with front-end sales.


     


    National Community Pharmacists Association


    100 Daingerfield Road Alexandria, VA 22314


    703-683-8200

  • 00:18

    Pharmacy Podcast Episode 37: Dave Marley Returns Pharmacists United for Truth & Transparency

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    Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency is a growing coalition of independent pharmacists and pharmacy owners dedicated to exposing widespread abuse and manipulation by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).


    PBMs are remarkably effective at increasing their profits and market shares. The pending $29.1 billion merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions would create the largest PBM in the nation. If approved by the federal government, potential for widespread PBM abuse would grow to an alarming new height.


    We created Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency to expose the PBM myth by illustrating the ways they inflate prescription drug costs. Their greed hurts all Americans by draining the economy and obstructing Americans’ access to medicine.


    Our coalition is comprised of nearly 200 pharmacists and pharmacy owners from coast to coast. As major players in the prescription drug market, we have extensive inside knowledge of the PBM industry to share. Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency is a resource for employers, policy makers and members of the media. We are here to explain the intricate PBM business model designed to camouflage their scam.


    Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency is a growing group of nearly 200 pharmacists from more than 35 states


    For more information email visit us at http://www.truthrx.org


    About: Dave Marley, PharmD.

    CEO/President

    Marley Drug, Inc.

    5008 Peters Creek Parkway

    Winston Salem, NC 27127

    Ph: 336-771-7672

    http://www.marleydrug.com

  • 00:24

    Pharmacy Podcast Episode 34: Eva Clayton with Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW

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    Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW (PCPAN) http://preservingcommunitypharmacy.com 


    is a coalition of consumers, businesses and community-based pharmacists from across the country that have come together for the purpose of opposing the planned merger between Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. PCPAN is a project of the Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) coalition, which fights on behalf of patients to preserve access to quality and affordable health care and pharmacy services.


    PCPAN exists because patient well-being and access to pharmacy services are being immediately threatened by the planned merger between two of the largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies, a merger which could go into effect as soon as the first part of 2012, providing the combined mega-PBM excessive dominance and control over the health care of tens of millions of Americans.


    PBMs, which serve as middlemen between corporations or insurance companies and patients already wield a one-sided advantage in setting prescription medicine contract and reimbursement terms for community-based pharmacies. This merger would only make a bad situation worse for the American health care system. Eva Clayton – PCPAN Chairperson

    Eva M. Clayton is a former member of Congress who represented eastern North Carolina (1992-2003). She served as Chair of the Nutrition & Operations Sub-committee of the Agriculture Committee, Member of the Budget Committee, and Co- Chair of the Rural Caucus. Upon retirement, she accepted the position of Assistant Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (2003-2006). She remains active with agriculture, rural development and food security issues.

  • 00:43

    Social Forum: The Pharmaceutical Industry - Round Two

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    In our second show dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry, my guest will be Tom Loker.  Tom the author of The History and Evolution of Health Care in America: The Untold Backstory of Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Why Health Care Needs More Reform, which is due to be published by the end of the year.
    For the past 6 years Tom has been COO of Ramsell Holding Corporation.  Ramsell is a leader in providing pharmacy benefit management and technology solutions to assist federal, state, and local health departments, including community based healthcare organizations, manage their pharmacy programs focused at serving the needs of the underserved.
    In addition to discussing in general terms the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which Tom helped to shape, we will be looking at how the Act will impact the pharmaceutical industry, how the industry functions today and, specifically, issues surrounding the price of medications.

  • 00:31

    Episode 65 - Terrence Gargiulo

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    Terrence L. Gargiulo, MMHS, is an eight-time author, international speaker, organizational development consultant, and group-process facilitator specializing in the use of stories. He holds a master of management in human services from the Florence Heller School, at Brandeis University, and is a recipient of Inc. Magazine’s Marketing Master Award and the 2008 HR Leadership Award from the Asia Pacific HRM Congress.Highlights of some of his past and present clients include, GM, HP, DTE Energy, MicroStrategy, Fidelity, Federal Reserve Bank, Ceridian, Countrywide Financial, Washington Mutual, Dreyers Ice Cream, UNUM, US Coast Guard, Boston University, Raytheon, City of Lowell, Arthur D. Little, KANA Communications, Merck-Medco, Coca-Cola, Harvard Business School, and Cambridge Savings Bank.
    Terrence’s books include, Making Stories: A Practical Guide for Organizational Leaders and Human Resource Specialists (translated into Chinese), The Strategic Use of Stories in Organizational Communication and Learning, On Cloud Nine: Weathering Many Generations in the Workplace (translated into Korean and Spanish), Stories at Work: Using Stories to Improve Communications and Build Relationships, Building Business Acumen for Trainers: Skills to Empower the Training Function, Once Upon a Time: Using Story-based Activities to Develop Breakthrough Communication Skills, In the Land of Difficult People: 24 Timeless Tales Reveal How to Tame Beasts at Work, The Trainer’s Portable Mentor.
     
    Terrence is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences including the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), & Academy of Management.