Hitting two million prescriptions is a great sign that this program is making flu vaccinations more accessible and affordable.

--Dr. George Jones, chief of the Defense Health Agency Pharmacy Operation Division, on TRICARE surpassing two million flu vaccines at retail pharmacies

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Fox News Channel Anchor Megyn Kelly to Keynote 2015 NACDS Foundation Dinner
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA), the only pharmacist in Congress, participated in a health fair on Capitol Hill today sponsored by NACDS and other stakeholders. Providing flu shots and other diagnostic tests, the health fair highlights pharmacy's intrinsic role in accessible community-based delivery of healthcare services.
Pharmacy's Expanded Role Highlighted on Capitol Hill
NACDS Voices Concerns on DEA’s Drug Take-Back Program

In response to a recent New York Times article painting pharmacies’ response drug take-back initiatives in a negative light, NACDS submitted a letter to the editor of The New York Times expressing support for drug take-back programs, but emphasized inherent flaws in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s current policy mandating pharmacies to establish the programs.

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[MTM interventions]…could include increased reliance upon the pharmacist as a trusted community resource to ensure that targeted beneficiaries are taking their medications accurately and appropriately.

--Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Tim Granniger in a statement before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health October 21

NACDS Director of State Government Affairs Honored in Texas

NACDS Director of State Government Affairs Mary Staples was honored this week with an award in her home state at the 41st Annual Convention of Texas Federation of Drug Stores for her outstanding service to chain pharmacy in Texas.

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President Obama Unveils Plan to Address Opioid Abuse

President Obama outlined his administration’s commitment to addressing the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic on Wednesday during an event in West Virginia, a state that leads the nation in drug overdose deaths.

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Jesse McCullough, a registered pharmacist and Rite Aid’s director of field clinical services, provided testimony at a House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management Program.
House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Considers MTM Reforms
By The Numbers: Public Opinion Favors Pharmacists’ Complex Roles

Source: July 2015 opinion research commissioned by NACDS and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies

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Events with President Obama and Secretary Burwell Illustrate NACDS’ Focus on Drug Abuse and Access Issues

This week, the White House and the Administration invited representatives of the NACDS membership to two separate events. Drug abuse and access issues emerged as key topics of discussion at both of them, and it is clear that the need remains for pharmacy to keep urging a 100-percent commitment to patient care, amid a zero-tolerance for drug abuse.

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NACDS Urges Strengthening of MTM for Medicare Patients

My first job was at a pharmacy in South Baltimore, where I learned that in our communities, pharmacies are survival stations for families.

--Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) on Twitter @RepCummings

Pharmacy’s Value Highlighted at U.S. Senate Health Fair
A pharmacist administers a flu shot during the Senate Health Fair this week.

...a relatively few number of citizens can influence Congress using social media.

--a new report, #SocialCongress, from the Congressional Management Foundation

Does the “M” in MTM Stand for Momentum?

No, but recent actions on medication therapy management (MTM) point to building momentum for the pharmacist provided service that boosts medication adherence, which improves patient health outcomes and lowers costs.

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