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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

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