This week, as part of as part of a trip to Washington, D.C., Co-Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance & President of Walgreen Co. Alex Gourlay, NACDS vice chairman, visited the NACDS offices and spoke with staff.
Gourlay, who is a pharmacist, provided perspective as a chain member about the importance of the work NACDS does. Gourlay said NACDS is well positioned to respond to a rapidly changing world and noted that the need for healthcare will grow and, along with it, pharmacy will as well. He pointed out that pharmacists are so well trained, especially in the United States, but they are not fully utilized and so the advocacy work NACDS does to expand pharmacists’ scope of practice is so important.
Gourlay also praised the effectiveness of NACDS meetings and recounted the first time he attended an NACDS Annual Meeting. He said, “It blew my mind to see so many people in one place with a real passion for the industry.” He emphasized that NACDS’ job is to reiterate “the value that pharmacy brings to the patient and the value NACDS brings to its members.”