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NACDS Foundation gala raises over $1.8 million

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NEW YORK — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation raised more than $1.8 million at its 20th Annual Foundation Dinner here last month.

The money will help support evidence-based research, pharmacy education and philanthropic initiatives to improve patient outcomes and advance population health.

“Today, innovative delivery care models are emerging, which include physicians and pharmacists collaborating together,” NACDS chairman Mark Panzer said at the dinner. “Under the leadership of the foundation’s president, Kathleen Jaeger, the foundation is exploring ways to improve care coordination across health care teams, and to advance patient care and population health.”

Mark Panzer, who is also senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons Cos., provided examples of the patient health programs that NACDS Foundation supporters make possible. He noted a collaborative program in Pennsylvania that screens patients at pharmacies for opioid use disorder and refers those in need to appropriate care. He also described a program in Washington state with a focus on improving patient care by optimizing statin therapy in patients with diabetes based on national medical recommendations.

Michael Fraser, chief executive officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, received the 2018 NACDS Foundation Excellence in Patient Care Award.

Jaeger noted that Fraser “has provided distinguished leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic and in advancing maternal and children’s health, among other vital priorities” and “has provided a lifetime of leadership on issues that are essential to the foundation’s mission.”


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