NCODA supports the HHS proposal to increase PBM transparency and pass drug rebate savings on to the patients.  This new agenda would help reverse the current model which financially incentivizes the plan or the PBM.   NCODA will continue to advocate for this movement as well as other national initiatives that support improved outcomes for cancer patients.   Stay tuned here and we will update you as these issues continue to unfold. Read more here.

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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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For Immediate Release

October 2018

National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA) Announces

Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA) 

Cazenovia, NY – The National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA) Executive Council is pleased to announce the establishment of the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA), the first professional association dedicated to supporting and encouraging the professional development of oncology pharmacy technicians.

Numerous technicians have already benefited from NCODA’s Pharmacy Technician Committee. The committee, which is comprised of close to 80 members, meets on a regular basis to discuss best practices, current issues, and many other topics within the field of oncology. OPTA, with the support of NCODA’s Executive Council will help set the standards for this important member of the medically integrated team [referring to all members of a patient’s care team involved in their treatment with oncolytic medications].

Current Pharmacy Technician Committee co-chair Carol Hemersbach, CPhT, from Arizona Oncology was appointed chair of the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association. “Oncology pharmacy techs play an integral role in cancer care, and with the growth of oral chemotherapy agents, we need to empower and arm these technicians with the knowledge they need to provide quality care to cancer patients. The new OPTA will help us accomplish this,” Hemersbach said.

Oncology pharmacy technicians are valuable members of the medical integrated team,” said Michael Reff, Founder & Executive Director of NCODA, when asked about OPTA and the timing. “We feel that there is a need to help further the education, training, and networking opportunities available for these technicians. The medically integrated team will benefit tremendously from this new Association,” Reff proclaimed.

Our medically integrated pharmacy model could not run without our highly trained, dedicated oncology pharmacy technicians. Our pharmacists depend on the hard work they put in each and every day to help us deliver best in class clinical and distribution services to our patients. We are excited to support this new organization within NCODA,” says Ray Bailey, Pharmacy Director at Florida Cancer Specialists and NCODA Executive Council member.

Application for membership in OPTA will be available via the NCODA website ( starting November 5, 2018. For more information please email

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Directions in Oncology Pharmacy®

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
New York, New York

Directions in Oncology Pharmacy® is a regional meeting hosted by Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™ positioned to offer education for clinical specialists, infusion staff, and specialty pharmacists. The mission of Directions in Oncology Pharmacy® is to provide practical, live education to pharmacists practicing in the oncology clinic, hospital, and specialty pharmacy settings.

Learn More HERE

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