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No DIR Reform in CMS’ 2020 Final Drug Pricing Rule

Despite over 4,000 comments from pharmacists and organizations like Currus, NCPA, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and others across the country encouraging change, CMS elected not to address DIR reform in their final 2020 drug pricing rule released on Thursday. CMS said in a statement that they “will continue to carefully review…

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Currus Announces Upcoming Retirement of CEO Pete Stern

Today the Currus Board of Directors announces the upcoming retirement of our committed leader and CEO Pete Stern. We are very grateful that he has given so much energy and effort to help keep Kansas independent pharmacies strong for so many years. Pete started with Currus (Kansas Pharmacy Service Corporation at the time) in September…

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Delivery Service Nothing New For Independent Pharmacies

Recently, CVS announced that they would be offering same-day prescription delivery nationwide. This news comes approximately one year after announcing that they would be offering one and two-day shipping for $4.99. This “new” service will cost $7.99. However, to independent pharmacies across Kansas this is nothing newsworthy to them. For years independent pharmacies have prided…

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Kansas Pharmacy Legislation Signed Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Laura Kelly signed into law HB 2119. The committee report includes two pieces of pharmacy legislation that will take effect later this year. Currus lobbyist Travis Lowe sat down with us to briefly explain what the bills do and how they will impact your pharmacy.  

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Julie Perkins

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Julie Perkins of Batson’s Drug Store in Howard, Kan. She spoke with us to share why she became a pharmacist, why she chose an independent pharmacy path, and some reasons why she loves serving her community.   When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist? My father…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Charis Dunlap and Caitlin Kongs

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Charis Dunlap and Caitlin Kongs from Ar-Ex Drug Store in Marysville, Kan. They spoke with us to share why they became pharmacists, what they love about independent pharmacy, and a recent award their pharmacy won that they’re extremely proud of.   When did you realize that you wanted to become…

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Becoming a Pharmacist

This past month, we had the pleasure of hosting Dalton Lierz – a pharmacy student from the University of Kansas who is in his final year of rotations. We sat down with Dalton to learn about his experiences on rotation and how his time at Currus has impacted his view on independent pharmacy.    What…

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Thousands Sign on in Support of DIR Proposal

According to NCPA, nearly 3,500 pharmacists and over 150 pharmacy stakeholder organizations have supported a potential change in DIR fees in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed pricing rule for 2020. The proposed change would eliminate retroactive DIR fees and issue them at the point of sale. This move would save patients…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Lisa and Tony Gales

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Currus members Drs. Lisa and Tony Gales. The Gales are the owners of Main Street Pharmacy in Coldwater, Kan. This is their story about how they came to be pharmacists and what motivated them to become independent pharmacy owners in a rural community.   What made you want to become…

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