Press Releases


Pharmacy Groups: CMS Guidance Sets Up Oral Antivirals for Failure, Limiting Patients’ Access to COVID-19 Treatments

A group of six pharmacy organizations today criticized the decision of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to only “encourage” but not require payment to pharmacists for testing, patient assessment, ordering/prescribing and dispensing for oral COVID-19 antiviral drugs

Pharmacy Orgs Cheer Eighth Circuit Decision Supporting State PBM Regs

Court changes course, confirms ERISA doesn't preempt N.D. law

WASHINGTON, DC – Pharmacy organizations are applauding a decision by the Eighth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals today that supports North Dakota's right to regulate pharmacy benefit managers. The case, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association v. Wehbi, is the first to consider at the federal appellate level the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision last year in Rutledge v. PCMA, which upheld an Arkansas state law regulating the abusive practices of PBMs.

Peter H. Vlasses to Receive Remington Honor Medal, Highest Honor in Pharmacy

WASHINGTON, DC – Peter Harris Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon), FCCP, of Glen Ellyn, IL, was today announced as the recipient of the 2022 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Vlasses has served in many roles throughout his accomplished career and is currently the Executive Director Emeritus of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) following his 20-year term as the ACPE Executive Director.

PBMs enjoy the benefit of status quo in Congress’ swing-and-a-miss on reducing prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the public release of the Build Back Better Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is disappointed that Congress did not include provisions to rein in the excessive pricing gymnastics played by massive pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) within Medicaid managed care and Medicare Part D programs.

Pharmacies prepare to make COVID vaccines available to their communities

The American Pharmacists Association is committed to working with pharmacy teams, public health and other stakeholders following the decision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  to recommend that children age 5 to 11 be vaccinated against COVID-19.