U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

Emily Torgerson  •   November 10, 2021

Mark your calendars — November 18-24, 2021 is U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week! While antibiotics are crucial and life-saving medications when properly used, excessive prescribing by health care providers has become a major problem and is a contributor to antibiotic resistance. How Antibiotics Work Antibiotics can either stop bacteria from reproducing or destroy them. If the

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How Is National CooperativeRx Different Than a PBM?

Emily Torgerson  •   October 27, 2021

National CooperativeRx: our name says it all. We are a not-for-profit pharmacy benefit cooperative that provides pharmacy benefits to hundreds of self-funded member-owned groups and approximately 375,000 participant lives throughout the country. Cooperatives are known for honesty, openness, and social responsibility and we proudly operate with the Six Cooperative Principles at the core of all our processes.

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October Is All About Pharmacy!

Emily Torgerson  •   October 26, 2021

The month of October recognizes and honors both American Pharmacists Month and Pharmacy Technician Day (October 19). At National CooperativeRx, we celebrate our incredible on-staff pharmacists and certified pharmacy technician every day, but it is important to continue educating the public on the invaluable work they all do to help our members. Wayne Salverda, R.Ph.: Senior

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NCRx Pipeline Report 10.1.21

Erica Guetzlaff  •   October 1, 2021

National CooperativeRx constantly monitors the pharmaceutical pipeline. As treatment options change, it’s important to know how those changes could impact your plan and which drugs bring the highest value. Our quarterly NCRx Pipeline Reports highlight some of the newest therapies coming to market and are not intended to imply formulary placement or coverage by CVS Caremark. Xywav

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As Always…Get Your Flu Shot!

Wayne Salverda  •   September 29, 2021

September marks the beginning of this year’s flu season. Retail pharmacies began receiving inventory for it in middle to late August. In today’s world, where every newspaper headline and media bit read the latest on COVID-19 deaths, new strains of the virus, and vaccine eligibility, it’s easy to lose track of the importance of protecting

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Don Graham: My Experience as a National CooperativeRx Board Member

Don Graham  •   September 13, 2021

As National CooperativeRx is member-owned and member-governed, it’s important its objectives align with those of its members. To ensure that, the Board of Directors is elected by Cooperative membership. Applicants go through a vetting process performed by a committee of current board representatives, and member voting occurs online leading up to the Annual Meeting. I began my

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National CooperativeRx Just Distributed $6.1 Million to Members!

Deb Steele  •   September 7, 2021

Drum roll, please! The final numbers are in, and we are excited to share that National CooperativeRx was able to distribute $6.1 MILLION to our members in patronage, retired equity, rebate true-up and audit recoveries. Our unique Cooperative model enables us to provide our members with 100% of rebates, 100% of money received from the annual

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What Do Our Members and Partners Really Think of Us?

Emily Torgerson  •   September 1, 2021

Here at National CooperativeRx, we conduct an annual satisfaction survey to measure how well we are performing among our membership and partners with certain aspects of our organization and current pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), as well as the Cooperative in its entirety. Keep reading for some highlights of the survey results. 97% are satisfied or strongly satisfied

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Top 3 Powerful Considerations for Repricing Self-Funded Plan Sponsors’ PBM

Kyle Kapusta  •   August 18, 2021

Last Call to Begin the Process for 1/1/22 Implementations Self-funded plan sponsors are lucky to have brokers and consultants always searching for the best pharmacy benefit management (PBM) provider on their behalf.  Without their initiative, plan sponsors may not have opportunities to save year over year. We have made it even easier for brokers and

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Behind The Alliance/National CooperativeRx Partnership

Paul Meyer  •   August 17, 2021

If you’ve ever worked with National CooperativeRx or attended one of their events, you’ve likely heard of The Alliance. National CooperativeRx and The Alliance have a strategic partnership that was formed in 2002, when The Alliance helped found the not-for-profit pharmacy benefit management cooperative. The easiest way to describe the difference between the two cooperatives

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