ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The 14th annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation dinner raised nearly $1.8 million to fund research, charity and scholarships, the foundation said Wednesday.
The dinner, which took place in New York Tuesday night, included a keynote address by former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Gen. Colin Powell, who reflected on its five decades of leadership. NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said during her remarks at the dinner, "We could not do the important work of the foundation without guidance and leadership of our supporters and friends. We're researching ways to help patients manage their medications better. We're researching new ways to advance patient health in emerging healthcare models. We're introducing higher education and research opportunities to evaluate innovative practices that offer increased access to millions of patients."
The NACDS Foundation also recognized recipients of the 2012 Excellence and Patient Care Awards, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard University Medical School clinicians and researchers Michael Fischer and William Shrank. Fischer and Shrank, who researched interventions to improve medication adherence, were selected from among researchers, organizations and advocates for their work to advance patient care, each receiving a $5,000 grant to continue advancing their work.
The dinner also included "Together," a video designed to show the foundation's mission of advancing patient care through community pharmacy with research, education and charity, highlighting partnerships and collaborative efforts of allies focused on improving patient health and quality of life.