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New England Journal of Medicine Article Trumpets “Priority” Status of Helping Patients Take Medications Correctly
Date:4/9/2010

boosting medication adherence, reducing healthcare costs and improving lives.    

“Pharmacy plays a critical role in helping patients take the right medications and take them correctly,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “As the face of neighborhood healthcare, pharmacists are uniquely qualified to help patients understand the importance of following their medication regimens properly. Working together, pharmacists and patients can improve healthcare for individuals and for the system overall through reduced costs.”

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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 effect of $3.82 in other industries, for a total economic impact of $3.11 trillion, equal to 26 percent of GDP. For more information about NACDS, visit www.NACDS.org.

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