NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson

AMA’s shortsighted attack on pharmacy

AMA’s shortsighted attack on pharmacy

Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has once again come to the aid of retail pharmacy, some of whose interactions with patients during the COVID-19 emergency have been called into question by the American Medical Association. The AMA’s house of delegates last month adopted a resolution

NACDS challenges AMA’s “unproductive” resolution on pharmacy COVID-19 vaccinations

NACDS challenges AMA’s “unproductive” resolution on pharmacy COVID-19 vaccinations

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS has prepared a statement to address any questions about a policy adopted and publicized by the American Medical Association that is decidedly negative toward the role of pharmacies in meeting patients’ needs. NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson says in the statement: “Pharmacies and pharmacy teams are doing a tremendous job of reaching

NACDS praises Maine Law broadening patients’ access to quality and affordable pharmacist-provided care

NACDS praises Maine Law broadening patients’ access to quality and affordable pharmacist-provided care

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS has applauded the enactment of Legislative Document (LD) 603 — critical legislation that will help enhance patients’ access to convenient and affordable pharmacy-based care by recognizing pharmacists as providers of health care services in the state of Maine. The measure was signed into law by Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) on

NACDS lauds three Georgia Laws increasing access to pharmacist-provided health care services

NACDS lauds three Georgia Laws increasing access to pharmacist-provided health care services

ATLANTA –The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is applauding the enactment of three pieces of legislation in Georgia (Act 19, Act 240 and Act 292) which greatly increase patient access to the quality healthcare services provided by pharmacies and pharmacy teams. The measures were signed into law by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R). The first measure

NACDS elects 2021-2022 officers, new members to board and executive committee

NACDS elects 2021-2022 officers, new members to board and executive committee

ARLINGTON Va.— During the virtual 2021 NACDS Annual Meeting, NACDS elected new officers, one new Executive Committee member and four newly elected Board of Directors members for the coming year. NACDS also re-elected three Board of Directors members whose terms were expiring. Colleen Lindholz, president, Kroger Health, The Kroger Co., will serve as the new chair

NACDS presents Harold W. Pratt Award to member pharmacy teams

NACDS presents Harold W. Pratt Award to member pharmacy teams

ARLINGTON, Va.— NACDS today presented the 2021 Harold W. Pratt Award – its high honor commemorating service to pharmacy – during the Business Program this morning at the virtual 2021 NACDS Annual Meeting. In a unique twist that reflects the nature of the past year, NACDS bestowed the award – collectively – on the teams of

NACDS hails four Arkansas laws enhancing patient access to critical pharmacist-provided services

NACDS hails four Arkansas laws enhancing patient access to critical pharmacist-provided services

ARLINGTON, Va..— NACDS is applauding four new laws that will enhance Arkansans’ access to pharmacist-provided healthcare services: Act 503: On April 1, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed into law legislation (Act 503) led by State Rep. Lee Johnson (R). The new law allows pharmacists to test and treat flu, strep and other health conditions that can be screened using CLIA-waived rapid-result tests and that may be adopted by rule

NACDS lauds introduction of legislation to protect consumers

NACDS lauds introduction of legislation to protect consumers

ARLINGTON, Va.— NACDS today hailed the introduction of the INFORM Consumers Act (S. 936), legislation introduced on Tuesday, March 23, by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) which increases transparency and accountability for e-commerce marketplaces and protects consumers from illicit online products and fraud.  The new bill is a major step forward in combating organized retail crime networks and promoting consumer health and safety.   Of note, the INFORM Consumers Act would modernize

NACDS praises President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine announcement

NACDS praises President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine announcement

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson issued the following statement today. His comments follow President Joe Biden’s March 29 announcement regarding the expansion of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: “Our nation’s pharmacies are uniquely situated to turn vaccine doses into vaccination appointments – efficiently, equitably and conveniently. We appreciate President Biden’s leadership

NACDS op-ed in Morning Consult: How Congress can make consumer safety a top priority in 2021

NACDS op-ed in Morning Consult: How Congress can make consumer safety a top priority in 2021

Morning Consult today published the following op-ed piece on the anticipated re-introduction of the INFORM Consumers Act from NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson:  For many Americans, pharmacies have been a trusted source of advice and essential products amid the uncertainty of the ongoing public health crisis, and members of the National Association

NACDS and the CRA urge California to allow increase in pharmacy technician-to-pharmacist ratio

NACDS and the CRA urge California to allow increase in pharmacy technician-to-pharmacist ratio

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) president and CEO Steven Anderson and the California Retailers Association (CRA) president and CEO Rachel Michelin issued the following statement today: Pharmacies,  pharmacists  and pharmacy teams  continue to play a critical role in the nation’s COVID-19  response and recovery efforts.  Effectively leveraging the existing retail

NACDS to hold RxIMPACT Virtual Hill Day

NACDS to hold RxIMPACT Virtual Hill Day

ARLINGTON, Va. – On Thursday, March 4, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores will hold a virtual version of the 13th Annual NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. A total of 327 advocates from all 50 states will assemble – virtually – to hold nearly 480 Congressional remote meetings. Today, the NACDS Board of

NACDS backs “partial fill” concept to curb opioid abuse

NACDS backs “partial fill” concept to curb opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) rulemaking that implements a 2016 law allowing for the partial filling of Schedule II controlled substances is a necessary step to help address the opioid-abuse epidemic, yet changes are recommended to ensure success, NACDS said in comments to the DEA this week.   NACDS submitted its comments on a DEA notice of proposed rulemaking, which seeks to implement aspects of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.    “Given the

NACDS welcomes Biden Administration’s activation of federal program for COVID-19 vaccinations in pharmacies

NACDS welcomes Biden Administration’s activation of federal program for COVID-19 vaccinations in pharmacies

ARLINGTON, Va. – National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) President and CEO Steven Anderson issued the following statement following the Biden Administration’s launch today of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program, as described by White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients: “Today’s announcement is another crucial step forward to helping Americans get back to all

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