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Substance use disorder needs pharmacists’ help, NACDS says

Substance use disorder needs pharmacists’ help, NACDS says

ARLINGTON, Va.– Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment could benefit from pharmacists’ accessibility and expertise, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) wrote in detailed letters to 15 Medicaid program directors. NACDS also called for action on policy recommendations designed to help prevent opioid abuse and addiction, while caring for those in pain. NACDS made

DIR fee reform issues highlight NACDS Regional

DIR fee reform issues highlight NACDS Regional

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ campaign-style approach to the issues crucial for pharmacy value and viability dominated this month’s opening session of the 2019 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. NACDS’ top-priority issue of direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform headlined the discussion of the association’s “Access Agenda” — which

NACDS campaigns to make things happen

NACDS campaigns to make things happen

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores was at the top of its game during the Regional Chain Conference in Palm Beach, Fla., earlier this month. Often overshadowed by the association’s larger events, this hidden gem provides attendees with an initial look at the objectives that NACDS and its members will pursue during the course

NACDS’ Anderson commends column praising pharmacists

NACDS’ Anderson commends column praising pharmacists

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores  has  responded to “The Unsung Role of the Pharmacist in Patient Health,” a New York Times article published on Jan. 28 that emphasizes the increasingly important role of pharmacists in health care delivery. NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson wrote, “This column validates further the competence,

House sends NACDS-backed “gag clause” bill to President

House sends NACDS-backed “gag clause” bill to President

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) lauded Congressional leaders for their efforts to empower pharmacists help patients reduce out-of-pocket drug costs. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Senate-passed versions of the Patient Right to Know Prices Act (S. 2554) and the Know the Lowest Price Act (S. 2553), thus

NACDS praises passage of bill to prohibit “gag clauses”

NACDS praises passage of bill to prohibit “gag clauses”

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) praised the U.S. Senate’s passage last evening of the Patient Right to Know Prices Act (S. 2554). The bill would help patients in private plans save money on prescription drugs by ending so-called “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from telling patients they could save

Senate passes NACDS-backed e-prescribing measure

Senate passes NACDS-backed e-prescribing measure

ARLINGTON, Va. –  The U.S. Senate just passed a package of measures focused on the opioid abuse epidemic, including the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act (S. 2460), which is backed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). The legislation would require electronic prescribing for Schedule II through V controlled substances prescriptions covered under

NACDS remains committed in changing times

NACDS remains committed in changing times

NACDS chairman of the board Mark Panzer, senior vice president, pharmacy, health and wellness of Albertsons Companies, described the value that NACDS members appreciate most. “In short, it’s about business community and intelligence, it’s about effective government advocacy, and it’s about powerful and practical information on policy,” Panzer explained. DENVER – The business program of

Gen. Michael Hayden to keynote NACDS Total Store Expo

Gen. Michael Hayden to keynote NACDS Total Store Expo

ARLINGTON, Va. — With international relations and cybersecurity among the high-profile issues of the day, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) today announced a true expert on these issues, Gen. Michael Hayden, as the keynote speaker at the 2018 NACDS Total Store Expo. Gen. Hayden will speak during the event’s Business Program on

Anderson spurs NACDS to anticipate what comes next

Anderson spurs NACDS to anticipate what comes next

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the currently chaotic public policy environment, the ability of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to remain both focused and nimble in support of its industry has been a huge asset to the NACDS membership. As NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson pointed out earlier this year, the

NACDS endorses drug disposal bill

NACDS endorses drug disposal bill

ARLINGTON, Va.  — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores  has endorsed S. 2645, the Access to Increased Drug Disposal Act of 2018, which is consistent with the spirit of NACDS’ policy recommendations to help address the opioid abuse epidemic. Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) introduced the legislation, with the bipartisan original co-sponsorship of Sen. Chuck

NACDS commends CMS on new Medicare Part D policies

NACDS commends CMS on new Medicare Part D policies

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores  expressed appreciation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for provisions in the final 2019 Medicare Part D rule and in the 2019 Rate Announcement and Final Call Letter, which the agency released earlier this week. The agency signaled the potential for future

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