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NACDS backs bill to allow purchase of O-T-C drugs using health savings accounts

NACDS backs bill to allow purchase of O-T-C drugs using health savings accounts

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS signed on to a letter organized by the Health Choices Coalition supporting the Restoring Access to Medications Act (S. 1089/H.R. 1922). The bipartisan legislation would allow Americans to use the funds in their health care accounts to purchase over-the-counter (O-T-C) medications. Specifically, the legislation amends the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to

NACDS opinion piece urges drug-abuse prevention bill sensitive to chronic pain patients’ needs

NACDS opinion piece urges drug-abuse prevention bill sensitive to chronic pain patients’ needs

ARLINGTON, Va.— The Hill published an opinion piece by National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson, that urges enactment of legislation to help reduce opioid addiction and abuse, while maintaining medication access for those in need of the medications for chronic pain, cancer, other diseases, and end-of-life care.

NACDS praises Colorado e-prescribing law

NACDS praises Colorado e-prescribing law

ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Monday praised Colorado’s enactment of an electronic prescribing bill (SB19-079) that would require prescriptions for controlled substance prescriptions for Schedules II-IV to be submitted electronically, which will help in the fight against opioid abuse. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) today signed the bill into law, which

Speakers to bring new insights to NACDS annual

Speakers to bring new insights to NACDS annual

ARLINGTON, Va.— The 2019 NACDS Annual Meeting is nearly here—April 27-30, in Palm Beach, Fla. The exclusive event brings together the industry’s most influential business leaders to build essential partnerships and get new insights to better navigate today’s constantly evolving marketplace. This year’s speakers bring fascinating perspectives on the current and past political landscape. World-renowned presidential

Congress reports back to constituents on NACDS fly-in

Congress reports back to constituents on NACDS fly-in

ARLINGTON, Va. — Rep. Liz Cheney (R, Wyo.) wrote to her constituents in a March newsletter about meeting with pharmacy advocates during the recent NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. More than 400 advocates met with every congressional office during the event, representing all 50 states. She wrote, “I want to thank Wyoming members of

NACDS launches online resource tool

NACDS launches online resource tool

ARLINGTON,  Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Wednesday announced the online “NACDS Optimizing Care Process Guide,” a resource for states, pharmacies and others seeking to increase patients’ access to clinical care delivered in community pharmacies. This initiative aligns with other efforts to empower pharmacists to improve patients’ health outcomes, and with

Pharmacy groups support CMS’ rejection of below-cost medicaid dispensing fees in Washington State

Pharmacy groups support CMS’ rejection of below-cost medicaid dispensing fees in Washington State

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS, the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) filed an important legal brief last week in support of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) rejection of Washington State’s below-cost reimbursement of community pharmacies providing care and services to Medicaid patients, as inconsistent with federal

NACDS brings timely message to the Hill

NACDS brings timely message to the Hill

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores mobilized an impressive array of pharmacy advocates earlier this month to inform, educate and motivate members of Congress and other federal officials about the need to support policies that enable members of the profession to serve patients effectively. The 424 pharmacy proponents — including key executives from many

NACDS lauds bill to mitigate opioid abuse

NACDS lauds bill to mitigate opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va.— The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Friday welcomed Senate legislation that would limit to a seven-day supply the initial prescriptions of opioids for acute pain —  a move that is consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) and Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) announced the

NACDS praises Arkansas e-prescribing law preventing opioid abuse

NACDS praises Arkansas e-prescribing law preventing opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) praises the enactment of an electronic prescribing bill (SB 174), for controlled substance prescriptions for Schedule II through Schedule VI, which will help prevent opioid abuse. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed the bill into law March 13, which will become effective January 1, 2021. NACDS

NACDS urges adoption of DIR reform

NACDS urges adoption of DIR reform

ARLINGTON, Va. – In a statement to the Senate Finance Committee Thursday, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores stressed the importance of finalizing Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Alex Azar’s proposals to reform pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees, and of developing a standardized pharmacy quality incentive program. “The FY2020 HHS Budget

NACDS urges DIR fee reform in op-ed piece

NACDS urges DIR fee reform in op-ed piece

ARLINGTON, Va. – Morning Consult Friday published an opinion piece by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) entitled “DIR Fee Reform: Lining Up Another Win for Patients on Drug Costs.” The op-ed emphasizes the threat of DIR (direct and indirect remuneration) fees and lays out the ways in which DIR fee reform will

Advocacy, awards highlight NACDS RxIMPACT Day

Advocacy, awards highlight NACDS RxIMPACT Day

WASHINGTON – An impressive force of 424 advocates from all 50 states reached every Congressional office during the 2019 National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. Since its inception in 2009, the groundbreaking event has seen a 200% total participation increase, including representation from 60% of colleges and schools of

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