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Robert Tinsley Named New CEO of Currus

Robert F. Tinsley has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of Currus (formerly Kansas Independent Pharmacy Service Corporation), succeeding Pete Stern, who is retiring after 29 years. Tinsley, 50, comes from the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC), a national pharmacy group purchasing organization, and resides in Phoenix, Ariz. He most recently served as Vice President of…

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Kansas Students Must Now Receive Meningitis, Hepatitis A Vacccines

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced that students in Kansas must now receive both meningitis and hepatitis A vaccines prior to the 2019-20 school year this fall. KDHE proposed the changes to the state’s vaccine requirements earlier this year and recently held a public hearing in June that concluded a 60-day public…

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New Kansas Law Allows CBD Oil with THC for Certain Medical Conditions

On Monday, Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 28, also known as “Claire and Lola’s Law” into law. The bill allows people with “debilitating medical conditions” to use CBD oil that contains up to five percent THC. The bill was pushed by Gwen and Scott Hartley, who believe this could help their daughter Lola who…

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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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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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Everything Old is New Again?

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National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO Douglas Hoey recently wrote an op-ed piece for Morning Consult on behalf of independent pharmacies. In the piece he gives a thoughtful reminder about some of the personalized services that independent pharmacies have been providing patients for years – despite mergers and mail order making headlines regarding their “new” services.…

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President Trump Legalizes Hemp with Farm Bill Signing

On Thursday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill passed out of the House last week with a vote of 369-47 and passed the Senate on Tuesday with an 87-13 vote. Among its many agricultural measures, the bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act – effectively legalizing hemp…

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