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National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Execs connect at NACDS Annual Meeting

Execs connect at NACDS Annual Meeting

The 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., gathered industry leaders for four days of interaction. Retailers and suppliers addressed issues affecting chain pharmacy in various settings — business programs, Meet the Retailer sessions and one-on-one meetings — and connected at a host of social events. “The theme for today, and moving forward, is the

Customer is focal point at NACDS meeting

Customer is focal point at NACDS meeting

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Responding to consumers’ rapidly changing needs is a top priority for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. co-chief executive officer Alex Gourlay said in his inaugural remarks as the organization’s new chairman. “The theme for today, and moving forward, is the customer — understanding the customer’s needs

For Gourlay, it’s all about the customer

For Gourlay, it’s all about the customer

Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, was named chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., last month, succeeding Martin Otto, who is H-E-B’s chief financial officer and chief merchant, in that post. In his initial remarks as NACDS chairman, Gourlay emphasized

NACDS’ Steve Anderson meets with HHS chief Tom Price

NACDS’ Steve Anderson meets with HHS chief Tom Price

WASHINGTON — Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, took part in a roundtable today with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. NACDS said Anderson was invited to the session, part of a series of events by HHS, to share information and policy ideas regarding

NACDS thanks House members for pushing TRICARE pilot

NACDS thanks House members for pushing TRICARE pilot

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is thanking the 65 members of the House of Representatives who sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis calling for implementation of the TRICARE Acquisition Cost Parity Pilot Program for Retail Pharmacy. The pilot program was included in the fiscal 2017 National

HDA, NACDS CEOs: Rx importation not worth risk

HDA, NACDS CEOs: Rx importation not worth risk

Efforts to promote the importation of prescription drugs — seen by some as one way to mitigate the escalating cost of medications — could compromise the safety of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain, according to HDA’s John Gray and NACDS’ Steve Anderson. In a blog post on Monday for the policy journal The Hill, Gray,

It’s a wrap: NACDS Annual Meeting final day recap

It’s a wrap: NACDS Annual Meeting final day recap

A new NACDS chairman was inaugurated on the final day of the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting. Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, took the gavel from outgoing chairman Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer at H-E-B, at the conference’s Tuesday morning Business Program. “I think my role, really, is to

Gourlay’s global view to benefit NACDS

Gourlay’s global view to benefit NACDS

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA), brings a unique global perspective as the incoming chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Most of Gourlay’s career was spent at the U.K.’s largest drug store chain, Boots, and its eventual parent company Alliance Boots PLC. In 2013

NACDS elects new officers, board members

NACDS elects new officers, board members

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced new officers, a new executive committee member and two new board members for the 2017-18 term. NACDS said Monday that Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, was elected chairman of the NACDS board of directors at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

NACDS unveils Future Value Targeting initiative

NACDS unveils Future Value Targeting initiative

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — As part of its “constant reinvention,” the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced its “Future Value Targeting” initiative at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting. During Sunday’s Business Program at the conference, the association’s leadership described the NACDS Future Value Targeting effort as a linchpin of new strategies to drive collaboration that

Under Anderson, NACDS always ready to respond

Under Anderson, NACDS always ready to respond

ARLINGTON, Va. — One of the many strengths of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has been its advocacy role in public policy. In the wake of last November’s election and the resulting turmoil and uncertainty in Washington, that expertise takes on greater importance than ever. At the same time, with U.S. health care

Lawsuit aims to derail Washington state pharmacy regs

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has joined the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) in suing Washington state over a rule they say would reimburse pharmacies for less than the cost of dispensing Medicaid prescriptions. The plaintiffs last month filed an emergency motion in Superior

Public policy challenges take center stage

Public policy challenges take center stage

CVS Health earlier this month named Tom Moriarty to the new position of chief policy and external affairs officer. As explained by president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo, the rationale behind the creation of the role is to “deliver an integrated approach to policy development and external engagement so the company can contribute to

NACDS backs Preventive Health Savings Act

NACDS backs Preventive Health Savings Act

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has voiced support of impending legislation that would highlight the value of disease prevention and wellness in lowering health care costs. NACDS said it has joined the Healthcare Leadership Council and other stakeholders in a letter to Congress backing the expected reintroduction of the Preventive

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