U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News

NACDS Takes on Trade Policy During Denver TSE Meeting
Opening the business program of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo (TSE) in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, August 26, NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE (above) touted the organization's role in advocating against the emerging trade war. As NACDS appealed to key influencers in Washington, D.C., through targeted communications, Anderson said the trade war "has already involved tariffs on billions of dollars of goods, and has targeted hundreds of billions of dollars more." Read More

Chairman Panzer Promotes Policy Advocacy, Business Intelligence
Following Steven C. Anderson's opening remarks during the NACDS TSE business program in Denver on August 26, NACDS Chairman of the Board Mark Panzer, senior vice president, pharmacy, health and wellness of Albertsons Companies (above), stressed NACDS' commitment to members' success during disruptive change. Panzer also emphasized the value that NACDS brings to members, including business intelligence and policy advocacy, efforts in the areas of stemming opioid abuse and expanding immunization authority. Read More

Omnicell's Hilsenroth Highlights Importance of Adherence in Q&A
U.S. Pharmacist conducted a Q&A session with Troy Hilsenroth, MHA/MBA, FACHE, vice president of the Medication Adherence Division of Omnicell (above), during the recent NACDS Total Store Expo in Denver. According to Hilsenroth, nonadherence is one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare in the United States today, costing the healthcare industry some $300 billion annually. Pharmacists, he says, need tools to free up their time to devote to more patient-centric care. Read More

Pharmacists Intervening in the Opioid Crisis
A program formalizing pharmacist involvement in screening and referring patients who might be addicted to opioid medications is in full swing in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. According to Jan Pringle, PhD, professor, founder and director of the Program Evaluation Research Unit, University of Pittsburgh (above), the screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) program formalizes the patient-evaluation process through pharmacist training and treat patients earlier rather than later. Read More

Advancing Collaborative Patient Care
In an Insight Session during the NACDS TSE on August 27, Jeff Rochon, PharmD, chief executive officer, Washington State Pharmacy Association (above), described his efforts to advocate for patient access to care delivered by pharmacists and help them receive deserved compensation as service providers. Read More

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