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2010 elections: NACDS restates pharmacy's case
November 5th, 2010
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is making sure that pharmacy didn't get lost in the wave — that is, the one that hit Congress in this week's midterm elections.
Republicans gained at least 60 seats in the House of Representatives and six in the Senate from the Democrats, with nine House races and 1 Senate race still undecided as of late afternoon Friday.
With the resounding victory — including the defeat of at least 50 sitting Democrats — the GOP is set to take a roughly 50-seat majority in the House next year and operate with a much smaller minority in the Senate, where Democrats will hold an edge of only about half-dozen seats.
In light of such turnover, NACDS on Friday said it has issued a pharmacy briefing letter to each of the new members of Congress to educate them about the critical role that pharmacy plays in the nation's health care system.
The letter highlighted ways in which "pharmacies are vital to health care delivery in the United States and can be utilized even more effectively to help reduce health care costs and improve health care quality."
NACDS also invited newly elected lawmakers to participate in a tour of a pharmacy in their state through its RxImpact grassroots advocacy program to "see pharmacy services in action first-hand."
In addition, the association provided the new legislators with its publication "Pharmacies: Improving Health, Reducing Costs," which explains the role of pharmacy in greater detail. The report highlights such factors as the convenience of chain drug stores, the public's high level of trust in pharmacists, the extensive education and training of pharmacy staff, the rising need for affordable primary care health services and the cost of poor medication adherence to the nation's health care system.
"NACDS is highly engaged on issues that impact pharmacy and its patients. As the face of neighborhood health care, pharmacy is a convenient, accessible health care provider, with locations in every congressional district across the United States," Steve Anderson, NACDS president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
"NACDS looks forward to working with the newly elected lawmakers in the 112th Congress to achieve pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policies," Anderson added.