Vaccination is very safe and vaccination is always safer than the diseases that they prevent.

--Dr. Larry Madoff, director of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, on the importance of vaccinating kids as they head back to school

CDC, Pediatrician Group Advise Against Nasal Flu Spray

Citing poor effectiveness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) do not recommend the nasal flu vaccine spray.

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Sharp Decline in Chickenpox Cases Highlights Importance of Vaccination

Recent findings released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that cases of chickenpox have declined even further since the introduction of a second routine childhood dose of varicella vaccine in 2006.

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NACDS Promotes Tom O’Donnell to Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy
Epic Flooding in Louisiana Prompts NACDS Member Action

In response to the historic flooding in Louisiana, NACDS member companies—demonstrating the vital role they play in the communities they serve—immediately stepped in to provide assistance for those in need, in collaboration with public health partners and emergency preparedness authorities.

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FDA Announced Class-Wide Drug Labeling Changes Warning of Risks of Combining Opioids and Anxiety Meds

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced class-wide drug labeling changes for opioid and benzodiazepine products on August 31 to help patients and doctors better understand the potentially life-threatening risks of combining anti-anxiety or sleep medications with prescription opioids.

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Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Brandon Martin, PharmD, pharmacy manager of the Ladue, Mo. Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company, at a roundtable to discuss curbing opioid abuse.
NACDS RxIMPACT Lauds Roundtable Focused on Curbing Opioid Addiction

Telling pharmacy’s story to the public and to policy makers is a long-standing priority of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores...

--an article in Mass Market Retailers on the 2016 NACDS Total Store Expo

Ready to Vote? Spread the News!

NACDS RxIMPACT Votes recently released a new resource that encourages advocates to use their social media platforms to actively encourage their friends and associates with positive, personal messages to get involved, educated about the candidates—and to vote.

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Consumer Confidence High for Back-to-School Spending
NACDS RxIMPACT Gets Out the Vote—and Gains Recognition

Leading the industry in mobilizing voters with robust, nonpartisan get-out-the-vote initiatives, NACDS RxIMPACT Votes aims to increase voter registration and political engagement in campaigns. The program does not encourage voting for any particular candidates, rather it focuses on getting voters excited about being part of the election process.

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Reflecting NACDS members’ commitment to community engagement, NACDS staff members recently volunteered for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, whose headquarters are near the NACDS office, to collect fresh produce left on farmers’ fields after they have been harvested to ensure edible produce is not needlessly discarded. NACDS volunteers collected 1,089 pounds of vegetables from the fields.
NACDS Gives Back to the Community
NACDS Retail Advisory Board Explores Digital Marketing at TSE

Ongoing projects the NACDS Retail Advisory Board has been working on led to two Insight Sessions at the NACDS Total Store Expo (TSE) earlier this month. One was on the state of digital marketing among retailers and the other explored the difference between a new item and an innovative new item, which will later be published as a white paper.

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Forging New Partnerships: NACDS-NFID Collaboration

Feel free to share with all of your pharmacists the enduring education program – titled “Vaccines for Preteens and Teens: The Importance of Timely Vaccination for all Adolescents” – that NACDS and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) announced this week.

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Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE, third from left) participated in an NACDS RxIMPACT pharmacy tour at Amber Pharmacy Omaha, Neb., August 22. NACDS RxIMPACT has hosted 64 in-district activities this year--and counting.
NACDS RxIMPACT Hosts 64 In-District Activities in 2016--and Counting!