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COVID-19 response needs pharmacist empowerment

COVID-19 response needs pharmacist empowerment

WASHINGTON –More than eight-in-ten Americans see a vital role for pharmacists in helping patients deal with COVID-19, and with illnesses that could be neglected in an overwhelmed healthcare system, according to a March 26-28 survey by Morning Consult commissioned by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). “These results show that Americans know pharmacies

New Indiana law vital for patient access and pharmacy viability, NACDS says

New Indiana law vital for patient access and pharmacy viability, NACDS says

WASHINGTON – With the enactment of a new law – Senate Bill 241 – Indiana has made great strides to help protect the viability of pharmacies in neighborhoods across the state. The legislation will help ensure that pharmacies are more fairly and properly reimbursed by requiring payers’ pharmacy contracts to have clearly defined drug pricing

Maintain critical product supply and workforce, coalition urges

Maintain critical product supply and workforce, coalition urges

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has aligned with 110 other organizations in urging national, state and local leaders to help maintain the supply of critical products while confronting COVID-19. In a letter to policymakers released today, the groups urge a uniform definition of “critical infrastructure” at all levels of government – a

NACDS on COVID-19: States must act now for medication access

NACDS on COVID-19: States must act now for medication access

WASHINGTON – The nation’s governors received from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on Tuesday a recommendation of how to help maintain patients’ medication access during the COVID-19 pandemic. NACDS provided a model executive order that would foster medication access. The Association also noted the importance of recent action by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)

NACDS advises states on enhancing patients’ access to care amid COVID-19

NACDS advises states on enhancing patients’ access to care amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON – Governors, state legislators and state associations representing pharmacies and pharmacists have received recommendations from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on ways to help assure patients receive the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson, explained, “These recommendations focus on enhancing patients’ access to pharmacy healthcare

Federal policymaking can help pharmacies ensure access to essential care amid COVID-19, NACDS says

Federal policymaking can help pharmacies ensure access to essential care amid COVID-19, NACDS says

WASHINGTON – Immediate federal policymaking would empower pharmacies and pharmacists to help enhance the nation’s COVID-19 response right now, and as vaccines and other resources are developed and deployed. That was the message sent in a letter to the U.S. Congressional leadership and to the Administration by National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) president

Florida expands access to care through pharmacy health care destinations

Florida expands access to care through pharmacy health care destinations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the enactment of a new law – House Bill 389 – Florida has undertaken important public health efforts to enhance the convenience and accessibility of testing for common infectious diseases and appropriate treatment, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) said Friday. As a forward-leaning effort to help ensure the

NACDS lauds collaborative work that led to House Bill 42

NACDS lauds collaborative work that led to House Bill 42

WASHINGTON – With the enactment of a new law – House Bill 42 – New Mexico has taken a significant step toward improving health care access for its citizens, including those in rural areas and other underserved communities, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) said today. NACDS also hailed a unified effort of

NACDS cancels RxIMPACT Day due to COVID-19 concerns

NACDS cancels RxIMPACT Day due to COVID-19 concerns

NACDS has issued the following memo from Steven Anderson, president and CEO of NACDS, regarding the cancellation of 2020 RxIMAPCT Day on Capitol Hill that was scheduled for March 10th and 11th: Due to developments this morning, actual and potential changes in Congress’ response to COVID-19 make it appropriate to cancel the 2020 NACDS RxIMPACT

NACDS op-ed in Morning Consult: DIR fees “as damaging to patients and pharmacies as advertised”

NACDS op-ed in Morning Consult: DIR fees “as damaging to patients and pharmacies as advertised”

ARLINGTON, Va. – Morning Consult Wednesday published an op-ed by NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson that tells Congress just how critical it is for the wellbeing of patients and pharmacies to enact relief from direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees. “A simple truth is emerging about the complex topic known as pharmacy DIR fees: they

A way to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs: What will you do?

A way to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs: What will you do?

(Editor’s note: The following article written by Steven Anderson, president and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores appeared on Morning Consult’s website February 26th.) A simple truth is emerging about the complex topic known as pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees: They are as damaging to patients and to pharmacies as advertised. Adam J. Fein,

NACDS cites Harvard Business Review article to advance roles of pharmacists

NACDS cites Harvard Business Review article to advance roles of pharmacists

ARLINGTON, Va. – The current edition of NACDS Cites Harvard Business Review Article to Advance Roles of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians Harvard Business Review presents more than 300,000 readers with a compelling case for pharmacy patient care, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is working to extend its reach. NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson, published

Pharmacy shines in NACDS literature program

Pharmacy shines in NACDS literature program

ARLINGTON, Va. – The value of pharmacy is on display in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Literature Program. Most recently, the third of three articles prepared by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Center for High-Value Health Care has been published by Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Considered as a whole, the article series

NACDS: Congress must act now to reduce costs

NACDS: Congress must act now to reduce costs

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is welcoming the strongest signal yet by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that a standardized pharmacy quality program should be created to help reduce patients’ out-of-pocket drug costs and to help patients maintain critical access to their pharmacies. Currently, quality measures

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