NCPA's Roberts calls for optimism amid difficulty


NCPA CEO Bruce Roberts urges members to get more involved in medication therapy management, e-prescribing, and lobbying legislators at annual convention.

In an address at the NCPA 109th Annual Convention, held in Anaheim, Calif., Bruce Roberts, executive VP and CEO of the community pharmacy group, focused on the group's successful lobbying efforts and called for greater involvement from community pharmacists. According to Roberts, renewed focus on the group's political action committee, Rx PAC, has raised its profile as it approaches $1 million in fundraising for the 2008 elections. Roberts also noted that the group's Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus has risen to close to 50 members and has helped influence legislation on tamper-resistant prescription pads, prompt pay, and a fix for the Medicaid average manufacturer price rule. Roberts also called on the independent pharmacists gathered at the meeting to get more involved in e-prescribing and medication therapy management.

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