Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed a packed crowd at the 2023 NACDS Annual meeting at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., to discuss the past, present and future critical roles of retail pharmacy, particularly at the community level.
He said pharmacy and public health are intertwined, and pharmacy’s role in treating and preventing illnesses that pose significant risks to public health—especially diseases like HIV/AIDS, ebola and COVID-19—are of profound importance.
Reflecting on his prodigious career in the public health sector, Fauci recounted working at his father’s drug store, Fauci Pharmacy, as a young boy in Brooklyn, New York. Back then, drug stores and pharmacists served as “pro-bono” physicians for those who needed care, he said. In 2023, the pharmacy’s role as a community health hub has not diminished—it’s expanded.