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NACDS strives to end DIR fees

BOSTON — Alleviating the opioid crisis and reforming direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees topped a list of priorities targeted by leaders of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as the group confronts challenges its members face in meeting the needs of ­consumers. “Today’s retail pharmacies provide access to health and wellness products, nutritional

NACDS leaders convey passion, purpose at TSE

NACDS leaders convey passion, purpose at TSE

BOSTON – “We have big issues. We have big ideas. So thank you for your role in addressing and advancing them at TSE.” With those words, National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) chairman of the board Chris Lane, executive vice president of Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite, summarized the NACDS Total Store Expo’s role in helping

Hy-Vee advocates for immediate DIR reform

Hy-Vee advocates for immediate DIR reform

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  — Hy-Vee on Friday expressed dismay that a new Medicare rule did not provide relief from pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that inflate senior citizens’ prescription drug costs. A proposal advanced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and supported by Hy-Vee was not included in the final rule published

New NACDS chairman emphasizes ‘entire industry’

New NACDS chairman emphasizes ‘entire industry’

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Newly elected National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman Chris Lane Tuesday affirmed NACDS’ commitment to “supporting all dimensions of today’s retail pharmacy,” declaring that “it’s an approach that makes NACDS — more than a trade association — an essential partner in our industry.” Lane, executive vice president of Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite, delivered his

NACDS campaigns for pharmacy’s future

NACDS campaigns for pharmacy’s future

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is fighting for the retail pharmacy industry’s future on a number of fronts, and the stakes are high. Of particular import is the issue of direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees, which represent a major threat. “Let’s be clear,” NACDS chairman Mark Panzer said

DIR fee reform highlights NACDS conference

DIR fee reform highlights NACDS conference

PALM BEACH – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ campaign-style approach to the issues crucial for pharmacy value and viability dominated Monday’s opening session of the 2019 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. NACDS’ top-priority issue of direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform headlined the discussion of the Association’s “Access Agenda” – which emphasizes that

NACDS promotes six to advance Access Agenda

NACDS promotes six to advance Access Agenda

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores  has promoted six staff members to roles vital to the advancement of the NACDS Access Agenda and its related issue campaigns. Michael Angeloni was named government affairs and communications associate. He had been government affairs coordinator. Christie Boutte was appointed vice president of regulatory advocacy and

NACDS Foundation Dinner raises $1.8 million

NACDS Foundation Dinner raises $1.8 million

NEW YORK – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation celebrated its 20th Annual Foundation Dinner in New York on November 28. The event raised more than $1.8 million, which will help support evidence-based research, pharmacy education and philanthropic initiatives to improve patient outcomes and advance population health. In his remarks at the

NACDS’ advocacy moves needle

NACDS’ advocacy moves needle

Amid all the turmoil in retailing, health care and government, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores continues to distinguish itself through steadfast advocacy of community pharmacy. By exercising patience and persistence, while at the same time possessing the readiness to seize opportunities whenever and wherever they arise, NACDS delivers meaningful results for its member

NACDS joins “Americans for Free Trade” coalition

NACDS joins “Americans for Free Trade” coalition

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores  has joined Americans for Free Trade (AFT), which is a coalition focused on averting what it calls the harmful consequences of the emerging trade war, including new U.S.-imposed tariffs and retaliatory actions by trading partners. AFT will also collaborate with Farmers for Free Trade. The

Retail industry hails GOP’s decision to shelve BAT

Retail industry hails GOP’s decision to shelve BAT

WASHINGTON — Retailers applauded congressional Republicans’ move to give up their pursuit of the border adjustment tax (BAT). Prior to GOP leaders’ announcement of the decision on Thursday, retailers that receive many of the goods they sell from overseas had expressed concerns about the BAT, claiming it would pass hefty costs on to ­consumers. The

A look at the trade show circuit

A look at the trade show circuit

Where will mass retailing executives be spending their out-of-office time in 2017? Surprisingly, fewer viable choices are immediately apparent, though the obvious ones — the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Food Marketing Institute — still stand out. On the face of it, the broad selection of recent years has diminished, in part