(Source: NCPA)- Overcoming PBM industry opposition, NCPA member Buddy Carter won the Republican nomination for an open seat in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District in a July 22 runoff. Carter, a pharmacist for more than 30 years and owner of three stores, defeated surgeon Bob Johnson 53% to 46% in a hard-fought campaign. Carter finished first among six candidates in the May 20 GOP primary, but did not top 50% to avoid a runoff. He is bidding to become the first pharmacist in the House of Representatives since Rep. Marion Barry (D-AR) did not seek reelection in 2010.
“It is a pivotal time in the pharmacy profession, so now more than ever Congress would benefit from having a pharmacist like Buddy among its ranks once again,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, Pharmacist, MBA. “Moreover, patients would benefit as well as pharmacists become more fully utilized in the U.S. health care system.”
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