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Pharmacy coalition urges federal government to authorize pharmacist-provided COVID-19 vaccines

Pharmacy coalition urges federal government to authorize pharmacist-provided COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON – On June 29, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) – along with a coalition of 12 other national pharmacy groups – wrote a letter to Robert Charrow, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging HHS to act now in order to ensure that pharmacists are able to

NACDS urges mandatory electronic prescriptions for controlled substances

NACDS urges mandatory electronic prescriptions for controlled substances

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to make electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) mandatory. In comments on the reopening of the Interim Final Rule (IFR) for EPCS, NACDS described the significant benefits associated with EPCS, and recommendations on how best to achieve them. “For

NACDS promotes Christie Boutte to SVP of state strategic affairs and advocacy

NACDS promotes Christie Boutte to SVP of state strategic affairs and advocacy

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has promoted Christie Boutte, to the position of senior vice president of state strategic affairs and advocacy, effective June 29. Boutte brings to this crucial role the experience of a more than 20-year career as a practicing pharmacist for NACDS member companies, as a

New York State preparing wisely to vaccinate citizens for COVID-19 without delay, pharmacy groups say

New York State preparing wisely to vaccinate citizens for COVID-19 without delay, pharmacy groups say

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Community Pharmacy Association of New York State and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) are hailing a new law that will ensure pharmacists can provide to New Yorkers the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on June 17 signed into law legislation (S.

NACDS challenges WSJ on pharmacy value

NACDS challenges WSJ on pharmacy value

ARLINGTON, Va. – In a letter-to-the-editor, National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) President and CEO Steven  Anderson took extremely strong issue with a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that ignored the unique role of pharmacies and pharmacists in patient health, medication safety, healthcare cost reduction and crisis response. The newspaper referred to the pharmacy as a

NACDS’ Anderson to serve as chair-elect of ASAE and chair of the research foundation board

NACDS’ Anderson to serve as chair-elect of ASAE and chair of the research foundation board

ARLINGTON, Va. – National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) president and CEO Steven Anderson has been selected to serve as chair-elect of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and as Chair of the ASAE research foundation board. These volunteer roles begin on September 1, 2020, and are anticipated to result in Anderson’s service

NACDS urges states to prepare now for pharmacist-provided COVID-19 treatment and vaccines

NACDS urges states to prepare now for pharmacist-provided COVID-19 treatment and vaccines

ARLINGTON, Va. – In communications to each governor and state executive team, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) this week made its most recent recommendations related to the current phase of COVID-19 response. The letters were customized to each state’s unique situation, and included recommendations for leveraging pharmacies and pharmacists for the benefit

NACDS issues statement on racism in our nation

NACDS issues statement on racism in our nation

Editor’s note: NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson has released the following statement to NACDS members on the tragic death of George Floyd and on racism in America: On May 25, George Floyd’s breath was taken from him tragically and senselessly. Many Americans feel that their breath was taken along with his. For

Federal and state authorities urged to help bolster pharmacy security

Federal and state authorities urged to help bolster pharmacy security

ARLINGTON, Va.— On Monday, June 1, NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson shared with NACDS chain members the following information: “I want you to be aware that NACDS is communicating urgently with each of the nation’s governors, with state attorneys general, with state boards of pharmacy, with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and with the

Improved COVID-19 testing access for medicare patients is subject of NACDS comments to CMS

Improved COVID-19 testing access for medicare patients is subject of NACDS comments to CMS

ARLINGTON, Va. – In comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) recommended changes to a pending rule for the purpose of further improving Medicare patients’ access to pharmacist-provided COVID-19 tests. NACDS says its recommendations are in the spirit of the administration’s prior efforts to empower pharmacies and pharmacists

America’s pharmaceutical supply and payment chain teaming to promote undisrupted access to medications

America’s pharmaceutical supply and payment chain teaming to promote undisrupted access to medications

WASHINGTON — Representative organizations of America’s pharmaceutical supply and payment chain, including prescription and over-the-counter brand and generic manufacturers; wholesalers; retail, specialty, and managed care, pharmacies; health insurance providers and other payers; pharmacists in hospitals and health systems; and pharmacy benefit managers, released on Thursday new policy principles to promote undisrupted patient access to medications

Rick Keyes to serve as NACDS chairman of the board, Colleen Lindholz named vice chair

Rick Keyes to serve as NACDS chairman of the board, Colleen Lindholz named vice chair

ARLINGTON, Va.— NACDS  announced on Wednesday that Rick Keyes, president and CEO, Meijer, Inc., will serve as NACDS chairman, effective June 1. Colleen Lindholz, president, Kroger Health, The Kroger Co., will perform duties of the NACDS vice chair, in addition to her role as treasurer. Keyes assumes the chairmanship, per the NACDS bylaws, following the transition

Meijer’s Rick Keyes named new NACDS chairman

Meijer’s Rick Keyes named new NACDS chairman

ARLINGTON, Va. – Rick Keyes, president and chief executive officer of Meijer Inc., has succeeded Richard Ashworth as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Triggered by Ashworth’s resignation as Walgreens president to become CEO at Tivity Health Inc., the transition adheres to the association’s long-established succession plan. Keyes, who had been NACDS

HHS advisory opinion further supports pharmacist-provided COVID-19 testing: Federal action preempts state, local policies

HHS advisory opinion further supports pharmacist-provided COVID-19 testing: Federal action preempts state, local policies

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is welcoming an important advisory opinion issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that was requested by NACDS, member companies and individual pharmacists. The opinion states powerfully that federal law, along with Executive Branch actions, “preempts any state or local requirement that prohibits

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