NACDS’ Anderson applauds NYT column praising pharmacists

A recent New York Times piece highlighting the role pharmacists play in health care delivery has garnered praise from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The organization shared a letter responding to the Jan. 28 article, "The Unsung Role of the Pharmacist in Patient Health."

In his letter, Steve Anderson, NACDS president and CEO said, “This column validates further the competence, the skill, and the reliability of the pharmacist and the pharmacy. Not only does the article powerfully present the benefits of pharmacists' increased scope and role in healthcare, it encourages the nation to leverage two important – often neglected – facts about these healthcare professionals.”

Anderson pointed out in his letter that pharmacists are highly educated. "Since 2003, becoming a pharmacist means earning a doctorate degree in pharmacy. Second, pharmacists utilize this extensive education to serve as credible, trustworthy sources who offer expertise to consumers and other healthcare professionals alike,” said Anderson.

NACDS noted that a survey of registered voters it commissioned from Morning Consult conducted Jan. 4-6 revealed that 66% of respondents are more likely to support a Congressional candidate who advances policies that "increase access to basic healthcare services by allowing pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to better use their education and training."

More information about the Morning Consult survey of registered voters' perspectives on pharmacy and healthcare issues will be released at the NACDS Regional Chain Conference, which will be held Feb. 3-5, in Palm Beach, Fla.