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The National Community Pharmacists Association is starting a new effort to encourage every independent pharmacy owner to join the organization and become actively involved.
The National Community Pharmacists Association is embarking on a major new membership campaign that hopes to reach every independent pharmacy owner in the United States. "Our organization only has 50% membership of independent community pharmacies and only half of those are engaged," said Bruce Roberts, NCPA's executive VP and CEO. "We have the opportunity to redefine the industry in an important way and we can’t do that with a small subset pulling the load." According to Roberts, the groups plans to improve membership benefits while at the same time getting an expanding membership actively involved. NCPA officials are helping to organize more than 7,000 phone calls advocating for passage of legislation which includes prompt payment provisions and a delay in the implementation of the average manufacturer price reimbursement in Medicaid. "I’ve seen the tremendous success we’ve had with just the little work we’ve done and I can imagine the success we’ll have with more members involved," Roberts said. The group currently has approximately 12,000 members.