IPC Presses Member and Independent Pharmacy Interests at the Democratic National Convention

Aug 05, 2016

Top Officials and Legislators Meet with IPC in Philadelphia to Discuss Significant Issues Concerning Community Pharmacy

At the recent Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, IPC’s Government Relations Team was out in force along with our national and state lobbying consultants to attend convention functions and promote our members interests with federal and state Democratic officials and legislators. These meetings gave IPC’s Government Relations Directors John Covello (below photo on the right) and Jim Driscoll (top photo on the left) great opportunities to maintain and expand relations with key officials and their staff in both Washington, D.C. and in the various States.

Driscoll and Covello were able to sit down with several key national legislators on pharmacy issues, including Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman Sen. John Tester (D—MT, top photo in the middle) and his former chief of staff and current DSCC Executive Director Tom Lopach. In addition to Tester and Lopach, IPC met with House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D—NJ, 6th, second photo on the left), House Energy and Commerce Committee member Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D—IL, 9th), Illinois State Senators James Clayborne, Jr. (D—57th District [East St. Louis, IL], below photo on the right), Kwame Raoul (D—13th District [Chicago, IL], and Terry Link (D—30th District [Gurnee, IL]).

IPC also spent time with a number of State Attorney Generals at the Democratic State Attorney Generals Association (DAGA) reception and spent time discussing PBM abuses with DAGA President, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenbloom.  Covello and Driscoll also attended various other functions such as the EMILY’s List reception honoring women legislative officials and candidates, the Big Sky night reception, the Illinois, Kansas and Missouri delegation reception and Novo Nordisk luncheon panel on approaches to stem obesity in the United States.

IPC’s attendance at both Democratic and prior Republican National Conventions in July, coupled with our increasing PAC giving, allows us to effectively advocate in Washington, D.C. and in the States.

To read IPC’s report from the Republican National Convention, click here.

Questions or Concerns? Contact IPC’s Government Relations Team at: GovernmentRelations@ipcrx.com.