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Annual NCSL Summit promises to offer insight, advice on healthcare system


ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Alliance for Pharmaceutical Care will offer health screenings and present information on vital healthcare issues at “Pharmacist Centrals,” the Alliance’s exhibition at the National Conference of State Legislatures 2009 Legislative Summit, from July 20 to 24 in Philadelphia, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores said in a release.

The Alliance for Pharmaceutical Care is a consortium of nine national organizations working together to educate the public, policy makers and other key decision makers about the important role that pharmacists play in the ever-evolving healthcare system.

Continuing a long tradition, pharmacists will perform health screenings and patient counseling, focusing on blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, bone density, body fat analysis, respiratory screening, and heartburn awareness.  Pharmacists also will be available to provide medication reviews for state legislators. Participants are invited to bring a list of all current medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and herbal/dietary supplements.

Prescription medications play an increasingly vital role in modern healthcare, and new medications continue to improve health outcomes and quality of life in patients with both acute and chronic diseases. Pharmacists, our nation’s medication experts, are on the frontlines advancing patient care, improving patient safety, and utilizing technology to improve patient outcomes, NACDS said in a statement.

The Alliance will provide insight on valuable initiatives and programs that can increase access, reduce costs, and improve overall patient care and healthcare outcomes.

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