NACDS keeps pharmacy in D.C. discourse

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NACDS board members at the association's Congressional Fly-In earlier this summer.

Sen. Peter Welch (D., Vt.) with Genoa's David Vucurevich, Hy-Vee's Randy Edeker, and NACDS' Steve Anderson and Tom O’Donnell.

Hy-Vee's Randy Edeker and Genoa's David Vucurevich with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa).

Walgreens' Richard Ashworth, CVS' Helena Foulkes, Good Neighbor Pharmacy's Brian Nightengale, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.), Albertsons' Mark Panzer, Walmart's George Riedl, NACDS' Steve Anderson, Hy-Vee's Randy Edeker and Genoa's David Vucurevich.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R., Okla.) at far right with (right to left) Hy-Vee's Randy Edeker, CVS' Helena Foulkes, Albertsons' Mark Panzer, NACDS' Tom O’Donnell, Walmart's George Riedl, NACDS' Steve Anderson, and Good Neighbor Pharmacy's Brian Nightengale.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R., Ky.), center, with the NACDS board.

CVS' Helena Foulkes and Albertsons' Mark Panzer with Rep. Jackie Walorski (R., Ind.).

Rep. Buddy Carter (R., Ga.), center, with (left to right) Good Neighbor Pharmacy's Brian Nightengale, Walgreens' Richard Ashworth, Genoa's David Vucurevich, CVS' Helena Foulkes and Walmart's George Riedl.

Rep. Fred Upton (R., Mich.) meets with NACDS' Steve Anderson, Walgreens' Richard Ashworth, Albertsons' Mark Panzer and H-E-B's Martin Otto.

Rep. Peter Welch (D., Vt.), standing at center, with members of the NACDS board.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R., Ky.) talks with NACDS chairman Alex Gourlay.

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Amid the political turmoil in Washington and the unpredictability in the health care arena over the Affordable Care Act’s uncertain future, retail pharmacy operators and their customers are fortunate to have a powerful voice in D.C.: the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

NACDS has been closely monitoring the turbulent health care debate, defending the position of pharmacy and advocating for the pharmacy profession’s ability to do more to help solve the problems of access, quality and cost of care.

To that end, NACDS has leveraged its longtime standing in the nation’s capital to build relationships with key decision makers in the Trump administration and members of the 115th Congress.

On top of ongoing staff work, NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson in recent months has met with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and with other NACDS board members — including Alex Gourlay, current NACDS chairman and co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance; CVS Pharmacy president Helena Foulkes; George Riedl, president of health and wellness at Walmart; and Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons Cos. — has met with key legislators on Capitol Hill.

Photos courtesy NACDS.


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