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Following in the footsteps of former NACDS Chairman Greg Wasson, Bob Narveson took to the podium Tuesday for the first time as NACDS chairman to highlight the role community pharmacy would need to play in highlighting patient outcomes.
“We can serve as the front line of healthcare and the first opportunity for prevention, and reduce healthcare costs for the customer,” Narveson told the crowd at the NACDS annual show in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Wasson made his final public address as chairman on Sunday, telling the NACDS members of the need for improving health care outcomes to show the role community pharmacies can play in the changing health care landscape.
Narveson reiterated that on Tuesday. The CEO of Thrifty White Pharmacy said changing public policies to focus on improving outcomes was important, and a job the NACDS and its members needed to be actively involved with.
“It’s worth asking if today’s approach to healthcare delivery, and today’s government policies, utilize the pharmacist to optimize the value of pharmacy,” he said.
Among the ways Narveson said members could help was in taking policymakers into their stores.
“Those who write our laws and formulate our rules need to see our stores, so they can see pharmacies as the face of neighborhood healthcare,” he said.
“When they see these services, and the relationship between customers and their local pharmacists, it becomes clear we can serve as the front line of healthcare and the first opportunity for prevention, and reduce healthcare costs for the customer.”
NACDS members will next meet Aug. 10 in Las Vegas for the first Total Store Expo, an event that incorporates portions of the former Supply Chain and Logistics Conference, the Marketplace Conference, and the Pharmacy and Technology Conference.