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.

Since 2003, becoming a pharmacist means earning a doctorate degree in pharmacy.

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.

Over 91% of Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy; 89% of seniors say pharmacies are easy to access; and 71% have a favorable opinion of their pharmacist.


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

69% of voters say pharmacists provide credible information for saving money on prescriptions; 76% say a pharmacist’s recommendation is important regarding over-the-counter medications or other health and wellness products.

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.


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
  • Over 33 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 nationwide 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 a nationwide system with unified expectations by healthcare providers and law enforcement
  • A nationwide 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.


NCPA, NACDS Statement on Drug Pricing Rule’s Failure to Reform Pharmacy DIR

By |May-16-19|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , |

NCPA and NACDS: "We are disappointed and frustrated that this final rule fails to finalize pharmacy DIR reform as proposed, to the detriment of seniors and community pharmacies. Our organizations have been joined by many pharmacists, pharmacy stakeholder groups, patient advocacy organizations, patients, and members of Congress in advocating that all pharmacy price concessions be included at the point of sale – or eliminated altogether – to provide senior patients with lower costs and pharmacies with more certainty..."


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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