What Makes House Speaker Paul Ryan Run?

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the 45-year-old former vice presidential candidate from Wisconsin, became Speaker of the House of Representatives on October 29. Ryan won an impressive 236 of 245 Republican votes. In order to get further insight into the man third in line from the presidency, NACDS.org turned to Steve Pinkos, a longtime associate of Ryan's, who assists with NACDS' advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.


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NACDS Foundation Research Front-and-Center in Global Focus on Antibiotic Stewardship

Regular exercise over a long term may increase the effectiveness of annual flu vaccinations in older men.

--an article in The Wall Street Journal on new study findings published by the American Aging Association

NACDS Joins CDC to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

President Obama has proclaimed November 16–22 “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing.


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NACDS Foundation Launches Motivational Interviewing Program
NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, at right, attended an event to support the re-election campaign of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Like other attendees who wore attire to demonstrate their allegiances to Iowa, Anderson wore a hat from his alma mater, Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Grassley is the lead Senate sponsor of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 314). Grassley remains a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over healthcare programs and of which Grassley served as either chairman or ranking member from 2001 through 2010.
NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, Attends Event in Support of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
NACDS’ Chief Lobbyist Carol Kelly is cited as ‘One of Nation’s Top Five’ in a CQ Roll Call article. Kelly is a finalist for an Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference.
NACDS’ Chief Lobbyist Cited as ‘One of Nation’s Top Five’ in CQ Roll Call

With social media, grassroots...and communications strategies, the whole nature of advocacy has changed.

--Carol Kelly, NACDS senior vice president of government affairs and public policy, a finalist for an Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference

NACDS Total Store Expo Provides Product Visibility, Growth

NACDS Total Store Expo exhibitor Joyce Griffith, vice president of sales at KT Health, LLC, a manufacturer of kinesiology therapy tape, is a veteran of NACDS Total Store Expo. Griffith attributes her company’s participation at the conference with helping put her company’s products in front of the right people to expand their business.


NACDS and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance are co-hosted a Community Pharmacy Ratings Workshop in Alexandria, Va., on November 9. The goal of the workshop was to help participants improve quality ratings in performance-based healthcare programs.
NACDS Co-Hosts Community Pharmacy Ratings Workshop
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NACDS Leadership Roundtable to Showcase Business, Political Linkage

While opportunities for pharmacists to provide direct patient care services emerge, options for obtaining reimbursement for these services continue to be limited.

--a new NACDS-funded study from Avalere Health, which recommends federal statutory recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B

Left to right: Melissa Ramba, (Georgia Retail Association), Sally West (Walgreens), Gov. Deal, Leigh Knotts (NACDS), Glen Wilkins (Walmart), Paul Imbrone (Macy’s), Randy Miller (Georgia Retail Association).
State Advocacy Partners Meet Georgia Legislators on Retail, Pharmacy Issues
CMS Stands by Earlier Proposal on Biosimilars, Does Not Address Biosimilars Interchangeability in Reimbursement Language

The Story: On October 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final version of the Physician Fee Schedule rule, the first since Congress replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.