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Thursday, June 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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Ensure Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray Hear Us Loud and Clear

The Senate adjourns for its July 4 recess tomorrow, and soon after returning on July 8, the Senate Finance Committee could act on legislation addressing drug pricing. Senator Maria Cantwell is a member of the Senate Finance Committee.

NCPA has declared today “Fix DIR Day.” Before they leave Washington DC, please contact your Senators and remind them to do their part to fix pharmacy DIR fees by voicing support to the Senate Finance Committee for inclusion of provisions addressing pharmacy DIR fees in its drug pricing bill.

The Senate Finance Committee could act quickly, so please take immediate action and keep the pressure on your Senators because:

  • Pharmacy DIR fees have increased 45,000% since 2010
  • Pharmacy DIR fees continue to be unpredictable for pharmacies
  • DIR fees force patients to the coverage gap prematurely, which creates financial hardship for patients
  • DIR fees must be expeditiously addressed by Congress given CMS’ failure to act.

Thank you for your prompt action in support of community pharmacy’s top priority issue. Click here for more resources on #FixDIRDay


Since Senator Maria Cantwell is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, she is an important decision maker so please let her know exactly how this is impacting your ability to provide patient care. If possible, show her first-hand. Extend an invitation to the member or a senior staffer to visit your pharmacy over the upcoming recess so they can see firsthand why action is needed. If you need assistance, please contact Michael Rule at

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