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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 board meets with key leaders in “virtual” D.C. fly-in

NACDS board meets with key leaders in “virtual” D.C. fly-in

                      WASHINGTON — On June 24, the NACDS Board of Directors “virtually” met with seven key members of the Trump Administration and Congress: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma; U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA);

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 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

2020 NACDS Total Store Expo unable to be held

2020 NACDS Total Store Expo unable to be held

Steven Anderson, president and chief executive officer of NACDS,  has issued the following memo regarding 2020 Total Store Expo: To:       NACDS Members From:  Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE, IOM President & Chief Executive Officer Date:   June 4, 2020 The San Diego Convention Center has announced that it will now be closed for events until September.

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

Anderson issues new memo on COVID-19 testing to NACDS members

Anderson issues new memo on COVID-19 testing to NACDS members

Editor’s note: NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson has issued the following memo to NACDS members on an important advisory opinion issued late yesterday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was requested by NACDS, member companies and individual pharmacists:   TO:                             NACDS Chain Members FROM:                     Steven C. Anderson,

NACDS praises Maryland e-prescribing Law to help prevent opioid abuse

NACDS praises Maryland e-prescribing Law to help prevent opioid abuse

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – With the enactment of a new law – House Bill 512/Senate Bill 166 – the State of Maryland has taken another important step forward to enhance the security of controlled-substances prescriptions and to reduce the likelihood of fraudulent prescribing. The bill was enacted on May 8 by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and

California urged to remove remaining COVID-19 testing barriers on pharmacists to advance testing

California urged to remove remaining COVID-19 testing barriers on pharmacists to advance testing

ARLINGTON, Va. — The California Department of Consumer Affairs is being urged to take action to help pharmacists and pharmacies ramp-up COVID-19 testing as supplies become more available – which is critical to protect Californians and ultimately to re-open the state.   The California Retailers Association (CRA) and NACDS wrote to Director Kimberly Kirchmeyer, asking the Department to remove remaining legal barriers to help align

NACDS communicating boldly to thank pharmacy teams and to urge removal of remaining government barriers to COVID-19 response

NACDS communicating boldly to thank pharmacy teams and to urge removal of remaining government barriers to COVID-19 response

WASHINGTON— NACDS – representing 40,000 traditional, grocery store and mass retailer pharmacies with 155,000 pharmacists – is taking to the airwaves to thank member companies’ team members and to urge the removal of remaining federal and state barriers so pharmacies can engage fully in responding to COVID-19 and in helping to reopen states and the

NACDS announces 2020-2021 officers, executive committee and board members

NACDS announces 2020-2021 officers, executive committee and board members

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced on Friday new officers, four new executive committee members and three newly elected board of directors members for the coming year. Additionally, the association re-elected three board of directors members whose terms were expiring. Richard Ashworth, president of Walgreens, will serve as the

NACDS’ COVID-19 state polling data now available

NACDS’ COVID-19 state polling data now available

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Public Opinion Dashboard now includes state-by-state and national data showing voters’ strong support for empowering pharmacies and pharmacists to help address COVID-19 fully. The release of the state data builds on NACDS’ prior announcement of national poll results. It also complements NACDS’ policy maps that show actions taken by states

NACDS applauds White House decision to approve pharmacist-provided COVID-19 testing

NACDS applauds White House decision to approve pharmacist-provided COVID-19 testing

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)  welcomed on Wednesday new federal guidance authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, issued the guidance under the Public Readiness

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