NACDS hits airwaves to thank pharmacists, push for bigger pharmacy role in COVID-19 response

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NACDS hits airwaves to thank pharmacists, push for bigger pharmacy role in COVID-19 response

By Sandra Levy - 04/17/2020

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, representing 40,000 traditional, grocery store and mass retailer pharmacies with 155,000 pharmacists, is taking to the airwaves to thank member companies’ team members and to urge the removal of remaining federal and state barriers, so pharmacies can engage fully in responding to COVID-19 and help to reopen states and the nation.

NACDS, which has participated in 39 broadcast interviews over the past two weeks that reached hundreds of television and radio stations nationwide, has interviewed with shows on FOX News Channel and FOX Business; with Cox Media Group, which operates 20 TV stations; with FOX NewsEdge TV, which serves more than 170 newsrooms; and with 20 local ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and Univision television stations.

“When we go on air, we are expressing appreciation for the pharmacists, pharmacy team members and the dedicated individuals throughout the store who are serving their customers and communities heroically,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. "We also are discussing the Trump administration’s move to build on COVID-19 testing to date and to empower pharmacists to ramp up testing further. We are urging the removal of any remaining barriers, including those in some states, to pharmacist-provided COVID-19 testing.”

NACDS also has interviewed with nine radio stations and with national programs that reach more than 300 stations. The organization is posting clips on NACDS.org as they become available.

“We also are looking ahead to the critical need to allow pharmacists to provide COVID-19 vaccinations when developed," Anderson said. "There is a community pharmacy within 5 miles of 91% of Americans, and pharmacists are highly educated as they graduate with a doctor of pharmacy degree. We need to continue to remove government barriers so pharmacies and pharmacists can be fully prepared to help patients and to help open states and the nation.”