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NACDS urges further state actions to enhance patients’ vaccine access at crucial time

NACDS urges further state actions to enhance patients’ vaccine access at crucial time

ARLINGTON, Va. — Continuing proactive engagement with the nation’s governors and state executive teams that has remained a priority throughout the pandemic, NACDS this week urged states to take actions that will help ensure patients have ready access to vaccines from their trusted pharmacies and pharmacists. NACDS is urging states to act in response to the

NACDS hails Journal of the American Medical Association article touting pharmacies

NACDS hails Journal of the American Medical Association article touting pharmacies

ARLINGTON, Va .— Community pharmacists are improving patients’ access to preventive services and chronic care management across America according to a July Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open (JAMA Network Open) article, “Evaluation of Frequency of Encounters With Primary Care Physicians vs. Visits to Community Pharmacies Among Medicare Beneficiaries.”  The article demonstrates the important role of pharmacies and pharmacists in the prevention and management of chronic disease based on the number of visits to these healthcare professionals – particularly in

NACDS urges Congress to advance COVID testing services

NACDS urges Congress to advance COVID testing services

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS on Wednesday urged Congress to take necessary action to help pharmacies and pharmacists scale and sustain COVID-19 testing services for the benefit of patients, communities, states and the nation. NACDS also expressed disappointment about lobbying by the American Medical Association (AMA) that stands in the way of patients’ enhanced access to

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

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