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West Virginia has one of the country's strongest networks of locally-owned, independent pharmacies, with more than 200 independent pharmacy sites.
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West Virginia's independent pharmacies employ several thousand West Virginians and serve several hundred thousand patients each year.
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West Virginia has one of the country's strongest networks of locally-owned, independent pharmacies, with more than 200 independent pharmacy sites.

Our Mission

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The West Virginia Independent Pharmacy Association was formed in 2016 to provide a unified voice for independent pharmacies in public policy discussions.

Our Role

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The West Virginia Independent Pharmacy Association has an aggressive political agenda to protect independent pharmacies by educating state legislators, congressional leaders, and the public on the importance of independent pharmacies.

Join Us

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If you are an independent pharmacy owner you need to join this organization and begin fighting back. Only through a unified voice can we be heard. See a list of supporting pharmacies.

Director's Message

 
As Executive Director of the West Virginia Independent Pharmacy Association (WVIPA), I want to thank you for visiting ourwebsite.  Please join the WVIPA if you are not already a member or sponsor!  The WVIPA’s purpose is to promote independent community pharmacies in West Virginia, address legislative and regulatory issues, and facilitate networkingefforts among WVIPA members and other interested groups.  Your participation allows the WVIPA to achieve real victories on issues such as addressing fair reimbursement and fees, strengthening pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) regulation, applying audit protections, recognizing and credentialing pharmacists as health care providers, and more.

Please ask current members about the value and mission of the WVIPA.  From the WVIPA’s inception in 2017, to present day, the WVIPA has successfully advocated for the passage of priority legislation each year, by creating and strengthening the"Pharmacy Audit Integrity Act."  In 2022-2023, the WVIPA will continue to address reimbursement issues with West Virginia's ERISA (self-funded) plans and Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), to fight against the unfair practices of PBMs, and to protect recent successes with West Virginia Medicaid.  The WVIPA will continue to work closely with the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner (WVOIC) to ensure West Virginia laws and rules are followed, and to protect patient safety and access to quality pharmacy services.

I have been especially proud to represent West Virginia's independent community pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  What a tremendous and positive impact pharmacies have made during this difficult time!  West Virginia's pharmacies set the national standard of excellence by providing vaccinations for long-term care facility residents and staff more quickly and safely than any other state in the nation, for providing accessible testing options, even in rural and underserved communities, and for continuing to provide quality pharmacy care across the Mountain State.  Governor Jim Justice and his Health Command team challenged our statewide pharmacy network, and you have responded. Additional challenges are always on the horizon, but I am confident that together, we are up for the task!

Thank you again for your support!
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Matthew R. Walker
Executive Director
 
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The West Virginia Pharmacists Association is a statewide professional organization representing the interests of licensed pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students.  The WVPA’s mission is to promote and assure the health and wellness of the public by enhancing the professional skills and knowledge of our members.

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Marshall University School of Pharmacy (MUSOP) advances direct pharmacy patient care by developing innovative practitioners, researchers, and educators. MUSOP conducts research and provides services directed toward the goal of improving the health and well-being of West Virginians, veterans, and residents of the tri-state region and the nation.

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Marshall University School of Pharmacy (MUSOP) advances direct pharmacy patient care by developing innovative practitioners, researchers, and educators. MUSOP conducts research and provides services directed toward the goal of improving the health and well-being of West Virginians, veterans, and residents of the tri-state region and the nation.

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Retailmymeds (RMM) was established by independent pharmacy professionals for pharmacies and patients - frustration led to innovation! Low reimbursement, DIR fees, and PBM true-ups leading to marginal profit or net negative prescriptions make it nearly impossible to do the right thing for patients and still earn a living!