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.

In between these visits I worked with South Florida AAP representative Wendy Radicy. This yielded new memberships for PFOA. Wendy is one of the newer staff members for AAP but knows the AAP program well due to her work with Cardinal Health. Wendy is a good addition to staff and one I find easy to work with.

Meetings have been held in both November and December with ABC to discuss the upcoming option year in our agreement in the second quarter of 2015. I have held separate and combined staff group conversations with consultant, Rod McCann on PBM related activity all the while keeping in touch with Dino Dibella from Choice Rx to better coordinate our efforts.

December has been focused on end of year functions but I did take the time to visit members in the state of Florida. I also participated with Richard Macaluso in an ABC presentation to one of our members.

The vendor committee met this month giving some direction on additional program offers we intend to make available to the membership.

 John Zuzack, Doug Coyle and Dirk Andrepont will be working separately as my sounding board on development of price increase notification efforts we are putting together.

Many of our members are focused on DIR fees for preferred programs they intend to participate in next year. I would expect that when January rolls around all of us will be knee deep in reimbursement and regulatory changes. This might be a good time to take stock of how our businesses will deal with these changes since we are liable to be in the middle of a busy season. I will be collecting information on DIR impact.

Thank you for your continued support and I wish all of our members a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

Yours Truly,

David Mayper