Giancamilli gives final speech as NACDS chairman at annual meeting

PALM BEACH, Fla. Credit for the accomplishments of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores should go to diverse, engaged membership and a staff focused on its members, outgoing board chairman Andy Giancamilli said in a speech Sunday at the NACDS Annual Meeting.

“The NACDS governance has been intimately involved in the direction of this association’s advocacy throughout this process, in which twists and turns have been the rule rather than the exception,” Giancamilli said.

Giancamilli spoke of the importance of diversity among NACDS members, which include retailers and suppliers, as well as the organization’s efforts to promote medication adherence, which he said “united chains and associates … on the pharmacy side, and those in the front-end who have told us that a strong pharmacy is good for the entire enterprise.”

He also spoke of the NACDS RxIMPACT Day events in 2009 and 2010, where pharmacy advocates participated in meetings on Capitol Hill to talk about the value of pharmacy in healthcare delivery and NACDS’ positions on various issues, noting an increased participation in 2010 versus 2009.

Having noted a comment by a colleague that his last days as board chairman constituted a “victory lap,” Giancamilli used the auto racing analogy to summarize his tenure. “Many people do not get to see and appreciate the precision, skill, experience, teamwork and commitment to excellence that are required to complete,” he said. “And that applies to the track and to the arenas of association leadership.”

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