In an opinion piece posted on Medium, NACDS articulated pharmacists’ role in heart health. The article emphasizes the accessibility, education and trust of pharmacists, and their value in enhancing medication adherence and in testing for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

“Pharmacies have increasingly become healthcare destinations for health and wellness, but there are regulatory challenges that impede pharmacists’ ability to broadly provide these chronic care services to patients on a day-to-day basis. These impediments include a lack of recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers and inadequate—or non—existent—reimbursement for their services. These hurdles make it very difficult for pharmacies to sustainably deliver patient care and broadly improve health outcomes,” wrote NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.