Florida Board Addresses Pain Medication Access Issues

The Story: The Florida Board of Pharmacy met last week in an effort to find solutions to the obstacles patients face when accessing legitimately-needed pain medications.

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Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, has a new book out, "The Courage to Act." He delivered the keynote remarks at the 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo.
Bernanke’s New Book Spurs Media Blitz

White said that even though his is not a chain drugstore, he comes to this event because it gives him a chance to interact with others who are finding new and better ways to succeed.

--an article in Drug Topics on the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo

NACDS’ National Pharmacists Month Top Tweets

On October 1, during a global #pharmacist tweet-a-thon celebrating National Pharmacists Month this month, NACDS got the message out—in a big way. The top three NACDS tweets garnering the most engagement on Twitter were:

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Rhett Buttle (third from left), HHS director of private sector engagement, spoke about the upcoming Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment at the NACDS Policy Council meeting this week.
NACDS Policy Council Meeting This Week Covers Key Issues
NACDS Top Lobbyist Named Finalist for Prestigious Advocacy Award

This week, the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference named NACDS Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Carol Kelly one of three finalists for an Excellence in Advocacy Award in the Veteran Practitioner category.

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Insights from Ritzman’s Eric Graf

The NACDS Regional Chain Conference—February 7-9, 2016—is fast approaching. NACDS.org spoke with the NACDS 2016 Regional Chain Conference Chairman Eric Graf, R.Ph., M.S., chief executive officer of Ritzman Pharmacy, Inc., about the Conference and his participation in the Policy Council meeting this week at NACDS headquarters.

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Pharmacists have the highest rate of influenza vaccine coverage among medical professionals.

--an article in U.S. Pharmacists on a recent CDC report

Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) took the opportunity to get a flu shot during an NACDS RxIMPACT pharmacy tour of a Hy-Vee in Dubuque, Iowa this week.
Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) Gets Flu Shot During NACDS RxIMPACT Pharmacy Tour

October is American Pharmacists Month, a time when we recognize the tremendous work of the men and women serving as pharmacists on the front lines of the American healthcare to improve health outcomes in our communities. 

--Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust

Jason Ausili joined NACDS this week as the director of pharmacy affairs—find out what he brings to the table.
Pharmacist and Healthcare Quality Expert Jason Ausili Joins NACDS

...retailers and suppliers said they were impressed with not only the amount of new products being shown, but also the amount of retail foot-traffic at the four-day event...

--Grocery Headquarters in an article, "Total Exposure," on the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo in Denver

Could Hurricane Joaquin Present the First “Alert” Status for the New “Healthcare Ready”?

You may recall the efforts of Rx Response to maintain the prescription drug supply chain—and to help in other ways—throughout various natural disasters and public health emergencies in the post-Hurricane Katrina era.

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The public health community has embraced pharmacies as a trusted, go-to partner for disaster preparedness.

--NACDS Senior Vice President for Pharmacy Care & Patient Advocacy Kathleen Jaeger, in PhRMA’s latest series of online Conversations during National Preparedness Month

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NACDS Expresses Concern with TRICARE provisions in NDAA Report