During the Political Involvement Reception at NACDS Total Store Expo on Saturday evening, Hy-Vee was honored for its engagement in the NACDS Political Action Committee with the Politically Engaged Pharmacy award.
“We present the PEP award to a person — or a company — that’s made a big difference in advancing community pharmacy with policy-makers, so we can do more to serve our customers and patients,” said Richard Ashworth, president of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens and chairman of NACDS-PAC, when presenting the award. Ashworth noted that Hy-Vee team members throughout the
company have “stepped up big time” to be engaged participants in NACDS-PAC, and they exemplify that “passionate voices can make a world of difference.”
"NACDS makes it a priority to tell pharmacy’s story to lawmakers and to the public.”“Our team at Hy-Vee really has worked hard to make a difference,” said Hy-Vee chairman, CEO and president Randy Edeker when accepting the award. “Together, we’re stronger than we are individually. This is a nice recognition for all of our folks who have done a lot with NACDS-PAC.”
The bipartisan NACDS-PAC supports federal congressional candidates who advance pro-patient and pro-pharmacy policies.
“NACDS makes it a priority to tell pharmacy’s story to lawmakers and to the public,” said Martin Otto, chief merchant and CFO at H-E-B, and chairman of the NACDS board of directors, when welcoming attendees to the event. In addition to describing the importance of electoral engagement, Otto spoke about the success of the NACDS RxImpact grassroots advocacy program.
NACDS also welcomed Nicolle Wallace — New York Times bestselling author, political strategist and former director of White House communications for President George W. Bush — as a guest speaker.