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NCPO: Medication and Counseling Vital for Healthcare Reform, Implementation and Future Patient Care Improvements
Date:5/28/2009

Improving patients' adherence to medications would improve lives, reduce costs

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) May 28, 2009 -- In a policy statement released today, the National Conference of Pharmaceutical Organizations (NCPO) called on Congress and the Administration to reap the full benefits of medications and medication counseling as they develop healthcare reform legislation and other policies.

The statement, titled "From Reform to Revolution: Maximizing the Power of Proper Medication Use in Patient Care," reflects a cohesive voice for associations in the pharmaceutical and pharmacy value chain. NCPO serves as a forum for the leadership of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

"The use of prescription and over-the-counter medications fills an important role in meeting the public's healthcare needs," NCPO wrote in its policy statement. "We believe policymakers must consider the importance of access to medication therapy and appropriate counseling on the use of medications when developing health system reforms - including legislation, subsequent implementing regulations and future improvements."

"Providing access to prescription and over-the-counter medications, through a coordinated care approach involving the pharmacist working in collaborati
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