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Seeking Collaborative, Comprehensive and Consistent Policy

Congress faces tough questions about the Affordable Care Act, broader healthcare issues, and other topics important to all Americans.

  • NACDS recognizes the complexity of the broad issues you face.
  • No one pharmacy issue can be viewed in a vacuum – we need a comprehensive and consistent approach to public policy that puts pharmacy’s value to work for patients, and that sustains pharmacy’s viability.

  • NACDS seeks a collaborative approach to highly connected issues vital to pharmacy, to all of healthcare, and to society as a whole.

What We Ask of You Today

For patients’ access to quality pharmacy services that improve health and reduce overall costs, NACDS urges:

  • Cosponsor and enact the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 109/H.R. 592).

  • Ensure any changes to the Affordable Care Act – and to Medicaid and Medicare – do not further reduce payments to pharmacies and jeopardize patient access.

  • Act on other crucial issues that, from NACDS members’ view on the front lines of healthcare delivery, are essential for comprehensive and consistent public policy.
  • Visit a pharmacy and see the face of neighborhood healthcare in action.



91% of Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy


In 2016, pharmacists ranked second again in Gallup’s Honesty and Ethics survey


In a national survey, 79% said pharmacists provide credible advice to reduce health costs


To sit for a pharmacy license exam, candidates must earn a minimum six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree


NACDS training is boosting access to newer pharmacist-provided services, like testing for and treating flu and strep


“It’s very obvious that building trust is just essential. And where is a better place to start than with pharmacy at the heart of it? Pharmacy is one of the most trusted professions … We have to tell our story. And, of course, we have to do more. We need to tell our story and improve our story.”
Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance & president, Walgreen Co., NACDS chairman

“We need to participate by leading public policy solutions for healthcare. We need long-term, end-to-end thinking about healthcare and its connection to other spending needs. Healthcare sectors don’t understand each other’s situations. That’s a prerequisite for collaboration. NACDS is helping to identify these end-to-end solutions, benefiting total healthcare, patients and pharmacy.”

Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer, H-E-B, former NACDS chairman
“Companies and associations are going to have to totally change how they address issues in health policy and in the political world. I think associations are going to need to be fleet of foot, flexible, smart, astute and respected. It is absolutely essential that associations think more like start-ups, and position themselves more like think tanks as they come up with innovative solutions.”
Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, NACDS president and CEO


Issue Briefs and Resources

2017 Pharmacy Opinion Research
Print Ad
Preserve Pharmacy Benefits in Health Reform
Pharmacy Principles in Medicaid Reform
Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act
Pharmacy Tour Invite
NACDS Basic Facts
Drug Store News Special Report
Op-Ed in The Hill
Comments to Opioid Commission


NACDS Members Engage with Legislators on Healthcare Solutions


NACDS emphasizes the importance of each individual pharmacy advocate’s outreach to legislators


Percentage of states and Congressional Districts in which NACDS member companies operate pharmacies


Percentage of Congressional offices reached via in-person meetings during most recent Capitol Hill event


Number of Congressional pharmacy tours and other events “back home” hosted by NACDS members during the 114th Congress – a commitment which continues into the new Congress



Learn more about the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition, of which NACDS is a founding member and a member of the Steering Committee. The Coalition strongly backs the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592/S. 109), which can help improve vital access to pharmacist-provided patient care for seniors in your community.