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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

As critical juncture arrives, NACDS steps up

As critical juncture arrives, NACDS steps up

After many fits and starts, Republicans in the House of Representatives have finally succeeded in passing a bill that would, if the Senate concurs, repeal the Affordable Care Act, the landmark legislation that provides the current framework for the U.S. health care system. Voting mostly along party lines — with 217 Republicans in favor and

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,

With health care back in play, industry steps up

With health care back in play, industry steps up

After many fits and starts, Republicans in the House of Representatives have finally succeeded in passing a bill that would, if the Senate concurs, repeal the Affordable Care Act, the landmark legislation that provides the current framework for the U.S. health care system. Voting mostly along party lines — with 217 Republicans in favor and

Meet the Retailers at 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

Meet the Retailers at 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

One of the most popular elements of the NACDS Annual Meeting is Meet the Retailer. The brief sessions provide an opportunity for suppliers to meet with executives from drug, mass and other retailers. The retailer presentations typically include an overview of company, how they use Annual Meeting to conduct business, topics to discuss with suppliers

Talking strategy at NACDS Annual Meeting

Talking strategy at NACDS Annual Meeting

Day two of the NACDS Annual Meeting featured the conference’s first Business Program, led by outgoing chairman Martin Otto of H-E-B and NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. Otto and Anderson discussed the think-tank approach to strategy that NACDS is embracing with its Future Value Targeting effort. “The Future Value Targeting initiative that Martin touched

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

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

NACDS Annual Meeting business program speakers named

NACDS Annual Meeting business program speakers named

ARLINGTON, Va. — Retired four-star Marine Gen. John Allen and former Dallas Federal Reserve chief Richard Fisher are slated as speakers at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting later this month. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Friday that Allen, who served in key leadership roles related to the Middle East and Asia, will

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