Dave's Corner

Posted Dec. 30, 2014

David Mayper Executive Director PFOANovember was a busy month for me with trips to Memphis, California, and North Carolina. All trips involved meetings with business partners and members in the surrounding area.

Ronda Hubbard and I met in Memphis and toured the API warehouse. In addition to the new A Frame technology installed, it gave Ronda and me an opportunity to meet with AAP’s Jon Copeland, Clint King and Ashley Dawkins. We discussed programs, issues and opportunities. We also spoke with representatives of a generic manufacturer, got insights into the areas of programs, price increases and more. The API facility has plenty of capacity to grow. Its positioning close to the Memphis Hub of FedEx will continue to make it a great distribution spot for AAP and our members using the API program.

The California trip gave Mark Holden and me opportunity to visit members and targets in Southern California. We also met with Stan Winters, our Board member, along with his new store owner Jean Ly. We met with ABC sales manager, John Laird to discuss issues and opportunities. We participated in a very well attended annual dinner meeting and exposition for the San Gabriel Valley Pharmacy Association and separately met with representatives for MPC as well as our business partners from CPNI.

My visit to North Carolina included visits largely in the eastern portion of North Carolina. I took the opportunity to work with Wesley Drake from AAP. Wesley is a long time member of the AAP staff and set most of the appointments for me in conjunction with Jamie Wilbanks. We also met with Board member, Gaye Moseman while in the area.

Supplementing with Calcium, Vitamin D Could Save $12 Billion in Healthcare Costs

By Michael Johnsen, Published in Drug Store News (edited)

Posted December 11, 2014

Between 2013 and 2020, there is the possibility of more than $12 billion in healthcare cost savings if women older than 55 years were to take with calcium and vitamin D supplements, the Council for Responsible Nutrition revealed in a release issued Tuesday.


The economic report explained that calcium and vitamin D supplements already are being used by 29% of U.S. women older than 55 years. With 71% of this population not taking calcium and vitamin D supplements, there are billions of dollars in savings yet to be realized, according to the report.

Key Product Tracing Provisions of Drug Supply Chain Security Act

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Key Product Tracing Provisions of Drug Supply Chain Security Act

By Michael Johnsen as published in Drug Store News


ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food and Drug Administration recently issued draft guidance on key product tracing provisions of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, which is expected to be implemented by industry by Jan. 1, 2015. 


According to the guidance, trading partners can utilize current paper-based or electronic-based methods for the interoperable exchange of data to provide product tracing information to subsequent purchasers. Such methods could include, but are not limited to, the use of:

  • Paper or electronic versions of invoices;
  • Paper versions of packing slips;
  • Electronic Data Interchange standards, such as 856 Advance Ship Notice (ASN), which is currently used to provide the receiving entity with advance data on shipments; and
  • EPCIS, or Electronic Product Code Information Services, which defines a data-sharing interface that enables supply chain partners to capture and communicate data about the movement and status of objects in the supply chain.
Dave's Corner

Posted Nov. 30, 2014

David Mayper Executive Director PFOA

Greetings PFOA Members:


November brought trips for me to California and to North Carolina. The rest of the month I focused on administrative and strategic projects. PFOA continues to make progress on many fronts.


We participated in NCPA’s annual meeting in October and have been following up on new vendors and other opportunities.


We held at the end of the month a board member webcast and phone conference. We have committed to a board meeting and staff meeting in January as well as to scheduling our annual member meetings in Las Vegas surrounding the vendor meetings of ABC and Cardinal Health. The board approved a draft outline for a business plan for 2015. We also had a lengthy discussion on concerns over product price increases. This led to a special board meeting the following week exploring options on what PFOA will do to improve information for its membership.


We are in the midst of discussion with ABC about our present contract terms and will additionally review available market options to keep our members market competitive.

Guaranteed Returns, its Owner, and two Employees Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Although this returns company is not on our approved vendor list, PFOA feels it is important news to pass along if your store is using this company.


According to an article published by The U.S. Attorney’s office, Devos Ltd., doing business as Guaranteed Returns (“Guaranteed Returns”), in Holbrook, NY, its Chief Executive Officer, Dean Volkes, and two others were charged by indictment in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud customers, including the government.


The indictment alleges that more than $116 million worth of drug products had been returned for refund and more than $14 million of those drugs belonged to federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. Other victims include numerous hospitals, pharmacies, and long-term care facilities.


To read the full story, click on the link http://www.fbi.gov/philadelphia/press-releases/2014/government-contractor-its-owner-and-two-employees-charged-in-multi-million-dollar-fraud-scheme


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