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.

Affordability

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.

Personally and in public policy, people trust pharmacies for answers in times of need.

Explore pharmacy’s engagement on issues ranging from healthcare quality, affordability and access …
to solving the opioid abuse epidemic.

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Opioid Abuse Epidemic: NACDS’ New Public Policy Recommendations

Legislate a 7-day supply limit for initial opioid prescriptions issued for acute pain

  • This limit is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
  • CDC clinical evidence: greater amount of initial opioid exposure is associated with greater risk for long-term use and addiction
  • Nearly 20 states already have taken action; federal legislation is needed for consistent patient care

Legislate a requirement that all prescriptions be issued electronically, with limited exceptions

  • E-prescribing enhances security and curbs fraud, waste and abuse; and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) e-prescribing requirements call for two-factor authentication, reducing the likelihood of fraudulent prescribing
  • Federal and state action would be timely, as e-prescribing of controlled substances has only been legal in all 50 states since September 2015
  • Only 14 percent of controlled substance prescriptions are issued electronically

Create a national prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through collaboration

  • Most states use data to help identify and prevent drug abuse and diversion, but program variances limit their effectiveness
  • It is necessary to harmonize state requirements for reporting and accessing PDMP data, and to create one system with unified expectations by healthcare providers and law enforcement
  • A national PDMP would leverage e-prescribing to provide guidance for prescribers and dispensers in real-time when providing patient care

Provide manufacturer-funded mail-back envelopes for unused opioid drugs, available to patients at pharmacies upon request

  • Currently, many pharmacies offer disposal programs as appropriate by community and by store
  • A program featuring mail-back envelopes provides an option that is universally workable
  • State legislation could facilitate a mail-back program
  • Educational materials also are in use, and could be expanded in appropriate ways

Every day, pharmacists face a moment of truth. When presented with an opioid prescription, a pharmacist must make decisions as a provider of patient care, and as part of the drug-abuse solution. Based on these experiences, NACDS has announced four new recommendations on this complex issue, to complement pharmacy’s ongoing collaboration with other healthcare professionals and with law enforcement.

These new public policy concepts complement pharmacy’s existing and extensive collaborative efforts, including: compliance programs; pioneering e-prescribing; drug disposal; patient education; security initiatives; fostering naloxone access; stopping illegal online drug-sellers and rogue clinics; and more.

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Op-Ed by NACDS, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Describes Pharmacy’s Role in Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Morning Consult publishes study’s findings on public health priorities

| Nov-17-17|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , , |

Morning Consult published an op-ed co-authored by Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, president and CEO of NACDS, and Gigi Kwik Gronvall, PhD., senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Gretchen Carlson to Speak at 19th Annual NACDS Foundation Dinner Acclaimed broadcast news anchor and journalist to deliver compelling and timely insights

| Nov-16-17|Categories: Press Release|Tags: |

The 19th Annual NACDS Foundation Dinner will feature remarks by Gretchen Carlson, one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors, a best-selling author, and a tireless advocate for women in the workplace and for children’s health. The event will be held November 29, 2017, in New York City.

Study Highlights Opportunities for Pharmacies to Help Curb U.S. Opioid Epidemic, Bolster Other Public Health Efforts Declining public health budgets and lingering physician shortages have created a healthcare gap. Helping to fill that gap requires modest changes to government policy that would unlock community pharmacy, long considered an untapped resource for improving public health.

| Nov-08-17|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , |

A Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security study funded by NACDS found that pharmacies remain an untapped resource in the effort to curb the national opioid crisis, stem the spread of antibiotic resistance, and strengthen pandemic and emergency preparedness and response.

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PHARMACY HURRICANE RELIEF RESPONSE

A devastating hurricane season has brought destruction to many parts of the United States. NACDS member companies have responded, assisting with relief efforts along with public health and emergency preparedness authorities. Many NACDS member stores have also been affected by the damage from the storms. NACDS remains engaged and will continue to update information on resources and the response efforts.

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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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