NCPA pays to play

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) political action committee (PAC) contributed more than $1 million in political donations in 2009, nearly triple what it gave in 2007, according to a Feb. 16 article in USA Today. "We had our hats handed to us in years past," Bruce Roberts, CEO of the pharmacy group is quoted as saying in the article. "We are now focused on making sure we are in the game and getting our voices heard."

One recipient of NCPA's contributions, Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., co-sponsored legislation last year to give pharmacies a three-month reprieve on complying with mandatory Medicare accreditation.

Overall, political contributions from health care PACS increased nearly 14% over 2007, according the article.