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NACDS urges further state actions to enhance patients’ vaccine access at crucial time

NACDS urges further state actions to enhance patients’ vaccine access at crucial time

ARLINGTON, Va. — Continuing proactive engagement with the nation’s governors and state executive teams that has remained a priority throughout the pandemic, NACDS this week urged states to take actions that will help ensure patients have ready access to vaccines from their trusted pharmacies and pharmacists. NACDS is urging states to act in response to the

HHS expands access to childhood vaccines during COVID-19 pandemic

HHS expands access to childhood vaccines during COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment – PDF to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to lifesaving childhood vaccines and decrease the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks as children across the United States return to daycare, preschool and school.

Secretary Azar visits a Health Mart pharmacy in Texas

Secretary Azar visits a Health Mart pharmacy in Texas

DALLAS — Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar visited ReNue Rx, a Health Mart pharmacy, located at 2701 South Hampton Road today to recognize the meaningful work pharmacists are contributing to the fight against COVID-19 through test collection. More than 140 Health Mart pharmacies across 40 states are active in the eTrueNorth and Department of

FDA Issues emergency use authorization for remdesivir for treatment of COVD-19

FDA Issues emergency use authorization for remdesivir for treatment of COVD-19

WASHINGTON — On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. While there is limited information known about the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to treat people in the

Pharmacies urge removal of more barriers to patient care now

Pharmacies urge removal of more barriers to patient care now

WASHINGTON — NACDS this week praised recommendations by the Trump Administration to state governors on how to empower healthcare professionals to meet Americans’ needs amid COVID-19. NACDS urged the Administration and the states to remove more barriers to assure pharmacies and pharmacists are fully ready for the escalating demands of the pandemic. In a letter to the

FDA finalizes enforcement policy on flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes

FDA finalizes enforcement policy on flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease

NACDS, NCPA applaud letter to Azar

NACDS, NCPA applaud letter to Azar

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) have praised a bipartisan Senate letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. The letter thanked the secretary for concepts in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) proposed rule, Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to

NACDS, NCPA praise senate action to reduce patient drug costs

NACDS, NCPA praise senate action to reduce patient drug costs

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Tuesday praised a bipartisan Senate letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. The letter thanked the Secretary for concepts in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule, Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage

Prices boosted on hundreds of drugs

Prices boosted on hundreds of drugs

NEW YORK — Drugmakers are increasing the price of hundreds of drugs by an average of more than 6%, according to a new analysis by Rx Savings Solutions. With pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to hold down prices mounting, many of the increases are relatively small. But some generics are seeing steep hikes, and overall

Health leaders visit community pharmacy owners to promote “gag clause” ban

Health leaders visit community pharmacy owners to promote “gag clause” ban

PITTSBURGH  – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar and Paul Mango, chief principal deputy administrator and chief of staff in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of the Administrator, today visited Spartan Pharmacy in Pittsburgh as part of ongoing efforts to highlight President Trump’s signing into law legislation to ban

NACDS issues memo to chain members on administration’s drug pricing policies

NACDS issues memo to chain members on administration’s drug pricing policies

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS today sent the following memo to chain members: We are writing to update you on President Trump’s announcement today regarding prescription drug pricing policies, and anticipated future events related to it. In short, we anticipate learning more details in the coming days, and NACDS will analyze the Administration’s proposals and provide

NACDS praises Congress’ call for DIR fee reform

NACDS praises Congress’ call for DIR fee reform

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the growing effort to achieve pro-patient and pro-pharmacy reforms of direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees in Medicare Part D, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores today hailed a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar signed by 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and led

NACDS members have a lot to offer in opioid fight

NACDS members have a lot to offer in opioid fight

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores took part in this month’s White House Opioid Summit as it continues to give retail pharmacy’s take on how to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. Kevin Nicholson, vice president of public policy and regulatory affairs at NACDS, represented the association at the March 1 event,

Trump makes cutting high drug prices a priority

Trump makes cutting high drug prices a priority

WASHINGTON — In his first State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump renewed his pledge to reduce prescription drug prices, days after a former big pharma executive was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Trump had stunned the pharmaceutical industry during his 2016 campaign by declaring that drug manufacturers were “getting