Pharmacies. The face of neighborhood healthcare.

Medication Resource

With their extensive education and training, pharmacists help patients obtain and use medications accurately, safely and effectively.
Taking a pharmacy license exam requires a Doctor of Pharmacy degree – with a minimum of six years of professional education.

New Services

Pharmacists provide vaccinations, health education, and disease state testing and management, in partnership with doctors and other professionals.

It wasn’t until 2009 that all 50 states allowed pharmacists to give the flu vaccine. As of 2015, each state allows pharmacists to give at least three vaccines.

Trusted & Accessible

Pharmacists rank highly among the most trusted, approachable and accessible health professionals, and are especially valued by those in the greatest need.
Nine-in-ten Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy. Pharmacists rank second – only behind nurses – in Gallup’s Honesty & Ethics survey.


Through effective treatment and prevention, pharmacists boost health and reduce costs – and also help patients navigate insurance and use generics.

79% of registered voters say pharmacists are credible information sources on opportunities to save money.

Nine-in-ten Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy, and patients trust the care and advice that pharmacists provide. With experience on the front lines of accessible, quality and affordable healthcare, we’re eager to collaborate even more to improve health and wellness—and their delivery in neighborhoods across the nation.


Alex Gourlay Emphasizes Pro-Customer Leadership Role for NACDS, Industry in First Remarks as NACDS Chairman Co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance & president, Walgreen Co. accepts NACDS chairman’s gavel at NACDS Annual Meeting

| Apr-25-17|Categories: Press Release|

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance & president, Walgreen Co., today delivered his inaugural remarks as the chairman of the Board of the National Association of Chain [...]

NACDS Elects 2017-2018 Officers and New Members to Board and Executive Committee Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance & president, Walgreen Co., elected NACDS Chairman of the Board of Directors

| Apr-24-17|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , |

Scottsdale, Ariz. – During the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Annual Meeting, NACDS elected new officers, one new Executive Committee member and two new Board of Directors members for the coming [...]

Catch Up on the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting on NACDS-TV

| Apr-24-17|Categories: Video|Tags: , |

Watch all the highlights from Sunday’s Business Program featuring NACDS Chairman Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer of H-E-B, NACDS President & CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE and Retired Four-Star Marine [...]


The Intersection of Public Policy & Business

NACDS unites the industry to advocate for pro-pharmacy and pro-patient policies. NACDS also brings together retailers and suppliers to foster collaboration and innovation throughout the entire store, to meet consumers’ diverse needs. One powerful example is Meet the Retailer – a popular feature of the NACDS Total Store Expo that allows supplier exhibitors to learn about retailers’ strategic directions.


NACDS Meetings Make Connections Happen

NACDS has designed its calendar of industry meetings and conferences to create an integrated approach to strategy and execution. Retailers and suppliers use the NACDS Regional Conference, the NACDS Annual Meeting and the NACDS Total Store Expo to set up their success throughout the entire store.


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