Doing what's best for patients will go a long way toward helping the chain drug industry continue to flourish, Bob Narveson, chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, said at the NACDS Annual Meeting here.


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Narveson: 'Focus on what’s best for our patients'

April 28th, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Doing what's best for patients will go a long way toward helping the chain drug industry continue to flourish, Bob Narveson, chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, said at the NACDS Annual Meeting here.

Speaking in the first business program at the conference Sunday, Narveson drove home pharmacy's commitment to serving patients and consumers and NACDS’ value to members in helping them maintain that focus.

“I wanted to focus on pharmacy services and the importance of medication adherence and patient care. I wanted to represent everyone whether you’re a regional or national chain, or one of our associate members who partner with us,” stated Narveson, president and chief executive officer of Thrifty White Pharmacy.

“I can’t imagine a more exhilarating job than working with all of you to ensure NACDS delivers results with the important work of serving patients and consumers as the face of neighborhood health care.”

Summarizing his one-year term as NACDS chairman, Narveson reported on the association’s achievements over the past 12 months across its operations and spotlight the cutting-edge patient care research made possible by the NACDS Foundation.

“Certainly, my team at Thrifty White has always understood the importance of engaging in NACDS, but this year has shown me just how important that engagement is and it’s shown me just how seriously you take it,” Narveson noted. “Just know this: Everything I’m going to talk about today doesn’t happen without you; it happens because of you.”

Narveson highlighted last summer's successful launch of the NACDS Total Store Expo trade show and strategic exchange, saying: “Together, we all made the show a reality.”

In addition, he cited additional NACDS successes, including the overall member engagement in NACDS; advancement of front-end issues and dialogue through the NACDS Retail Advisory Board; the growth of NACDS RxImpact grassroots advocacy and the NACDS Political Action Committee; key state-level Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement victories earned in collaboration with members and state partners; and success in shaping the new prescription drug supply chain law.

He also cited the introduction and advocacy for pharmacy provider status legislation; growing recognition of pharmacy’s importance in public health emergencies; education and training programs related to Drug Enforcement Administration enforcement initiatives; and the launch of the NACDS “Victory Vision” opinion research and communications program.

“As long as we have NACDS, and supplier partners, and chain members like you, we will flourish. That passion has to live on and grow from year to year," Narveson told attendees.

“We are the face of neighborhood health care, and as long as we focus on what’s best for our patients and the entire industry, the state of our industry is great,” he added.

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