December 11, 2020

Contact: Kevin Scorsone, NCODA Legislative & Policy Liaison
Phone: (919) 903-2057

Decision confirms that states will have the right to regulate; brings clarity and optimism

Yesterday, December 10, 2020, the United States Supreme Court (Rutledge, Attorney General of Arkansas VS Pharmaceutical Care Management Association) unanimously decided that states can regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM’s) are companies that oversee the prescription drug benefits on behalf of insurance companies along with Medicare Part D drug plans.

NCODA believes that this decision by the Supreme Court marks a significant day for pharmacists and pharmacies everywhere. Most importantly, this ruling provides patients the ability to have complete transparency when dealing with Pharmacy Benefit Managers and track the cost of their medications.

Read the full press release here.

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Kirollos S. Hanna, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Oral oncolytics, or oral chemotherapies, have significantly impacted the treatment of cancer. They enable patients to conveniently manage treatment in their homes. Despite the rapid growth, therapeutic advances, novel mechanisms of actions, and improved outcomes associated with these agents, the dispensing process remains inadequate. As a result of rising drug costs and healthcare expenditures, payers have forced a “medically disintegrated” model of dispensing, limiting patients and practices to fill prescriptions through external mail-order pharmacies. Read more.

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Natasha Khrystolubova is one of the lead author of the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice article, Pharmacist-led patient education and adverse event management in patients with non-small cell lung cancer receiving afatinib in a community-based, real-world clinical setting.

An NCODA practice working to make a difference in the pharmacy to positively impact patient care. Florida Cancer Specialists (FCL) have taken an active role in patient care and adherence.

Going Beyond the First Fill gives every patient the monitoring and follow-up to improve care at the pharmacy level through best practices. These are challenges real community-based pharmacies are facing. FCS gives patients the support needed through health education and resources. “The FCS program was designed specifically to manage AEs that occurred during use of afatinib, but many of the principles and approaches could be implemented for patients treated with other types of medication. ” Read More.

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Chemotherapy once meant:

  • An extended series of visits to a treatment center,
  • Where the patient would be hooked up to an IV, often for hours, and infused with a heavy dose of anticancer drugs and supportive care medicines,
  • All while being constantly monitored by healthcare professionals.

Nowadays, that same process often can be accomplished by simply sending the patient home with a bottle of pills. Read More Here.

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Although oral chemotherapy has dramatically changed the face of cancer treatment, how the drugs are dispensed can be nearly as important as the drugs themselves.

“It’s one thing to prescribe an oral medicine for a patient,” said Guri K. Doshi, MD, a urinary and prostate cancer specialist with Texas Oncology, the state’s largest cancer care provider. “It’s another to get it into their hands.” Read more here.

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