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NACDS RxIMPACT "Hill Day" Features More Advocates Increased Focus on Medication Adherence
Date:3/9/2010

ions (from 10 to 25); and
  • a 700% increase in pharmacy schools represented (from 2 to 16).
  • Participants in the event will emphasize pharmacy’s ability to help reduce the estimated $290 billion in annual costs that result from failure to take medications as prescribed.

    The pharmacy advocates will urge policies related to advancement of medication therapy management (MTM), which refers to consultations between pharmacists and patients regarding medication regiments; a legislative remedy to the Medicaid average manufacturer price (AMP) model which jeopardizes patients’ access to pharmacies; and ensuring Medicare beneficiaries maintain access to vaccines and durable medical equipment (DME) such as diabetes testing supplies from their neighborhood pharmacies, despite policies and policy proposals that threaten this access.

    In addition to the efforts of those participating in-person in this event, NACDS RxIMPACT is conducting a “Virtual Hill Day” through which pharmacy advocates are contacting their elected officials via e-mail and mail.

    The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) represents 154 traditional drug stores, supermarkets, and mass merchants with pharmacies – from regional chains with four stores to national companies. NACDS members also include more than 900 pharmacy and front-end suppliers, and over 70 international members from 24 countries. Chains operate 37,000 pharmacies, and employ more than 2.5 million employees, including 118,000 full-time pharmacists. They fill more than 2.5 billion prescriptions annually, which is more than 72 percent of annual prescriptions in the United States. The total economic impact of all retail stores with pharmacies transcends their $815 billion in annual sales. Every $1 spent in these stores creates a ripple ef
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