Hundreds to attend fly-in and take the fight to Capitol Hill

NCPA April 12, 2024

This week, NCPA will welcome hundreds of registrants to the 2024 Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In (April 17-18, which is literally the day after tomorrow). Pharmacist and Congressman Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) will appear as our headlining speaker. He’s one of only two pharmacists in Congress, and a strong advocate for pro-patient, pro-pharmacy legislation that will be the focus of our lobbying this week. Also on tap: NCPA Advocacy Center staff will brief attendees on where things stand on Capitol Hill and the agencies. Health policy experts from the Senate Finance Committee will detail the challenges and subsequent next steps in the legislative process for achieving PBM reforms in 2024. Representatives from Capitol Counsel, NCPA’s outside consulting firm, will provide an overview of the current political landscape and what the November elections mean for the remainder of this year. Why is this such an important event? For one, it’s a real-time preview of what’s to come for pro-pharmacy actions in the nation’s capital. Last year, in his remarks to fly-in attendees, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) teased his plans to hold a hearing on PBMs as part of his committee’s investigation into their business practices. A month later? His committee held its first hearing. Another reason? It’s a vital opportunity to offer our advocates on the Hill real people with real stories that not only support NCPA’s claims, but make it indelibly clear: pharmacy is pharmacists. To make the point, Comer’s hearing included testimony from NCPA member Kevin Duane, the owner of Panama Pharmacy in Jacksonville, Fla. No other pharmacy organization gives you this kind of access to policymakers who can affect your business. If you missed the opportunity to register, you can keep the fight going in your hometowns. Visit our Legislative Action Center today to learn more. You can also follow along on social media with the hashtag #NCPAontheHill, here in qAM, and all the places you follow NCPA for up-to-the-minute news and notes.