An op-ed published by Morning Consult on November 17, 2017, describes findings of “Serving the Greater Good: Public Health and Community Pharmacy Partnerships,” a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and funded by NACDS.
Arlington, Va. – Morning Consult today published an op-ed co-authored by Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and Gigi Kwik Gronvall, PhD., senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
The op-ed describes findings of “Serving the Greater Good: Public Health and Community Pharmacy Partnerships,” a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and funded by NACDS. The study describes ways to optimize pharmacy’s role in public health priorities, including addressing anti-microbial resistance, confronting the opioid abuse crisis, and fostering pandemic and emergency preparedness.
Coinciding with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and CDC’s newly re-branded Be Antibiotics Aware campaign, the opinion column focuses on the study’s findings related to that issue.
“Healthcare professionals are realizing it is time to act now to prevent a heartbreaking development: families that must be told nothing can be done to save a loved one. That is a real possibility when an out-of-control bacterial infection can overpower antibiotics rendered ineffective due to overuse,” Anderson and Gronvall wrote in the op-ed. “Pharmacists have the experience, access, and resources to play an integral role in helping to stop this threat.”
The op-ed can be read in its entirety on the Morning Consult website.
The full study is available at centerforhealthsecurity.org.
NACDS and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security released the study on November 8, 2017.