NACDS’ Anderson commends column praising pharmacists

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores  has  responded to “The Unsung Role of the Pharmacist in Patient Health,” a New York Times article published on January 28 that emphasizes the increasingly important role of pharmacists in health care delivery.

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson wrote, “This column validates further the competence, the skill, and the reliability of the pharmacist and the pharmacy.

“Not only does the article powerfully present the benefits of pharmacists’ increased scope and role in health care, it encourages the nation to leverage two important — often neglected — facts about these health care professionals.

“First, pharmacists are highly educated. Since 2003, becoming a pharmacist means earning a doctorate degree in pharmacy. Second, pharmacists utilize this extensive education to serve as credible, trustworthy sources who offer expertise to consumers and other health care professionals alike.

“A survey of registered voters conducted January 4-6, 2019, by Morning Consult and commissioned by NACDS supported these truths. It revealed that 66% of respondents are more likely to support a congressional candidate who advances policies that ‘increase access to basic healthcare services bv allowing pharmacists and other health care professionals to better use their education and training.’”



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