"NACDS helps to protect the value we currently deliver and sets the stage to provide an even higher level of care, all while sending a powerful message that chain pharmacies are doing far more than filling prescriptions and selling merchandise." That's the message incoming National Association of Chain Drug Stores John Standley had for NACDS Annual attendees. It's a critical juncture in the healthcare industry, he said, and everyone who participates in NACDS plays a substantial role.
NACDS is getting a seasoned performer at the helm. Standley has shown exemplary leadership and remarkable clarity of vision in leading the turnaround at Rite Aid — today the retail healthcare company is in the best shape it has been in financially in more than a decade, and introduced several very innovative new programs and initiatives from the wellness ambassadors to wellness+ to the Rite Aid Health Aliance, and most recently its acquisition of RediClinic.
Make no mistake, Rite Aid is back and in a very big way.
"When you combine programs like Rite Aid Health Alliance with other healthcare offerings of our industry — like retail clinics, one-on-one consultations, Medication Therapy Management and refill synchronization — we are and will continue to deliver a stronger, more powerful healthcare experience to the communities we serve," Standley said.
Meanwhile, DSN also salutes outgoing chair Bob Narveson for an important and impressive run as chairman. He may lead a relatively small chain, but Narveson — and Thrifty White — has proven a company doesn't have to be big to demonstrate big thinking, innovation and the willingness to take risk to demonstrate the value of community Rx to healthcare. Thrifty White's work around Med Sync was a prime example of that.
In his presentation before NACDS members, Narveson outlined many recent NACDS wins, including the 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, success in shaping the new prescription drug supply chain law, the introduction of and advocacy for pharmacy provider status legislation, growing recognition of pharmacy’s importance in public health emergencies, and the launch of the NACDS “Victory Vision” opinion research and communications program.
Now Standley lends his considerable leadership capabilities and vision to his role as NACDS chair. DSN has every confidence he will bring creativity and innovation to this role, too, as NACDS continues to expound on the total value retail pharmacy is providing to the overall healthcare system today, as well as the opportunity to realize even greater value tomorrow.