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Judge deals further blow to Washington State’s below-cost Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement plan

Judge deals further blow to Washington State’s below-cost Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement plan

Olympia, Wash.— The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today urged the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to bring to an end Washington State’s flawed pharmacy reimbursement plan. The pharmacy groups welcomed an Administrative Law Judge’s decision that confirmed

NACDS issues statement on HHS COVID-19 vaccination announcement

NACDS issues statement on HHS COVID-19 vaccination announcement

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS President and CEO Steven Anderson issued the following statement, upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement about national and regional chain pharmacies’ and independent pharmacies’ role in increasing access to future COVID-19 vaccinations:  “This announcement reflects continued progress to put the trust, accessibility and professionalism of pharmacies and pharmacists to work for the American people – including the traditionally underserved

NACDS Foundation, March of Dimes spread awareness of flu vaccinations’ importance in collaborative campaign

NACDS Foundation, March of Dimes spread awareness of flu vaccinations’ importance in collaborative campaign

ARLINGTON, Va.– From September 22 to October 26, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation and March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit fighting for the health of moms and babies, conducted a national public awareness campaign to encourage Americans to get vaccinated for the flu – a vital step in keeping communities safe

NACDS engages state Medicaid directors as flu vaccination awareness campaign advances

NACDS engages state Medicaid directors as flu vaccination awareness campaign advances

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) this week is taking the critical message about flu vaccinations’ importance to the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) 2020 Virtual Conference: Together Towards the Future. The program – which will take place November 9-11 – includes sessions on how Medicaid Directors and their staff are

NACDS engages with U.S. Chamber of Commerce on flu vaccinations’ importance to health of Americans, economy

NACDS engages with U.S. Chamber of Commerce on flu vaccinations’ importance to health of Americans, economy

ARLINGTON, Va. — The strong local connections of pharmacies, pharmacists, chambers of commerce, and associations throughout the country can and must play an important role in raising awareness in communities across the nation of the critical importance of flu vaccinations this year. That was the message that NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson took to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce program this week to

Don Bell retiring from NACDS

Don Bell retiring from NACDS

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced today that senior vice president, Health Policy and general counsel Don Bell is retiring from NACDS. For 22 years, Don has advanced the interests of NACDS members in all branches and all levels of government. Don has served as a strong legal advocate for

Meijer pharmacist takes flu-vaccination messages to national stage

Meijer pharmacist takes flu-vaccination messages to national stage

Editor’s Note: NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson offers the following statement reguarding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation event on Thursday that centered on flu vaccinations and COVID-19. I want to thank and recognize Heather Schultz, a pharmacist at a Meijer Pharmacy in Saginaw, Michigan, for representing the profession, the industry, her

NACDS welcomes HHS decision to enhance patients’ access to COVID-19 vaccinations, other vaccinations and COVID-19 tests

NACDS welcomes HHS decision to enhance patients’ access to COVID-19 vaccinations, other vaccinations and COVID-19 tests

ARLINGTON, Va. – National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) President and CEO Steven Anderson issued a statement today upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issuance of guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorizing qualified pharmacy technicians and state-authorized pharmacy interns to administer childhood vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines

Higi stands with NACDS flu vaccination campaign

Higi stands with NACDS flu vaccination campaign

CHICAGO – Higi announces its support of NACDS, its member companies, and their public health campaign urging all Americans to complete their flu vaccination this year. The message carries additional weight as health care organizations across the country anticipate the dual threat of both flu and COVID-19 and emphasizes the importance of retail pharmacy as

NACDS lauds HHS report recognizing pharmacy’s role in advancing hypertension control

NACDS lauds HHS report recognizing pharmacy’s role in advancing hypertension control

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension, citing pharmacists as integral members of the hypertension care team. NACDS welcomed the report as continued momentum for the work and recognition of pharmacists in the effort to confront chronic disease – and to meet the needs of the

NACDS’ Anderson: Pharmacy essential to a nation confronting chaotic times

NACDS’ Anderson: Pharmacy essential to a nation confronting chaotic times

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson delivered remarks this week intended to serve as the “rallying cry that this industry deserves.” The remarks served as a salute to the teams of NACDS-member pharmacies and suppliers who have served heroically during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a call to action to government to

U.S. HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Giroir gets flu shot

U.S. HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Giroir gets flu shot

WASHINGTON  — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. received his flu vaccination on Monday at a Washington, D.C. Harris Teeter pharmacy. Giroir posted on Twitter: “Today, I joined the other #flufighters and got my #flushot at my neighborhood pharmacy – @HarrisTeeter! Thank you @HarrisTeeter, @NACDS, and all community

American Pharmacists Month: More than a commemoration

American Pharmacists Month: More than a commemoration

We rightly thank and celebrate pharmacists every October during American Pharmacists Month. They are among the most trusted healthcare professionals and among the most trusted professionals of any type. They are the most accessible healthcare go-tos, particularly among those in the greatest need. This year, the appreciation and honor for these heroes must intensify to match the essential service

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