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Retail clinics offer conventient, low-cost basic primary care treatment...in a variety of settings.

--a Robert Wood Johnson Report, Building a Culture of Health: The Value Proposition of Retail Clinics

It's Not Too Late to Get Tips Before the NACDS Annual Meeting
Good Question—“Pharmacists: Aren’t You Really Providers Already?”

An article in The National Law Review asks a really good question: “Pharmacists: Aren’t You Really Providers Already?” It follows up with an excellent point: The shortage of healthcare providers exacerbated by the passage of the Affordable Care Act “calls for a reimagining of ways that non-physician providers can fill the care gap.”

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Wheels Up! It’s Time for the NACDS Annual Meeting

It’s here. The NACDS Annual Meeting—the highly anticipated, “one of a kind” event—kicks off tomorrow, April 24, and runs through April 28. The conference sparks  collaboration, opportunities and results among senior level executives from NACDS-member chain and supplier companies.

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An NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill team on one of more than 460 congressional visits during the event March 22-23, 2015.
Already Primed for Next Year's NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill

Pharmacists are in a unique position to improve access to care.

--an article in Academic Pharmacy Now, on the more active role pharmacy schools are taking in public health

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House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Abuse and Preserve Access Lauded by NACDS
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First Stop on NACDS Point-of-Care Testing Tour: University of Nebraska
NACDS Launches Point-of-Care Testing Program
By the Numbers: Where’s Your Teen? Probably Online.

24        Percentage of teens—ages 13-17—who go online “almost constantly,” aided by their smartphones

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Op-ed Sticks Up for Pharmacy’s Efforts to Make the Right Call on Pain Meds

In a powerful op-ed in D.C.’s influential publication The Hill, Drug Store News editor-in-chief Rob Eder makes a resonant case for the complex issue of preventing prescription drug abuse while also ensuring patients who legitimately need the medications have access to them.

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Advocacy Follow-Up Gets Results

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) recently visited a Hy-Vee pharmacy in Topeka, Kansas, where she discussed bipartisan legislation that would change the Medicare physician payment methodology and revise other  policies—H.R. 2 Jenkins said at the time that passing the legislation would be a “huge win for the American people.” The legislation has since passed the House and Senate and is headed to President Obama, who is expected to sign it.

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...it is worth emphasizing that pharmacies helped to elevate the concerns of patient advocates in the national debate on prescription pain medications.

--Rob Eder, editor-in-chief of Drug Store News, in an article, "Complex Pain Med Problems Demand Holistic Coverage, Action," in The Hill

Students at University of Southern California Pharmacy School expressed their appreciation to NACDS' Heidi Ecker following an NACDS RxIMPACT training session.
NACDS RxIMPACT Creates Next Generation of Advocates