ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation raised more than $1.77 million for scholarships, research and charitable activities from 114 benefactors at the 13th Annual Dinner held Tuesday night in New York City.
Funds generated by the dinner support improving patients’ health and quality of life by fostering understanding of prescription medicines, promoting medication adherence, enhancing patient care services at neighborhood pharmacies and educating future healthcare professionals.
Among the NACDS Foundation’s work, its donations support the new Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project to provide grants to colleges and schools of pharmacy for the development of 30 fully-accredited post-graduate residencies. Separately, the NACDS Foundation presents more than $500,000 in scholarships to pharmacy students annually.
“Consumers can benefit by better understanding their medicines, and tomorrow’s pharmacists will play an even greater role in advancing the public health through enhanced innovative services and care,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “The NACDS Foundation helps fulfill those necessities by leading an unparalleled effort to improve the public health through community outreach and fostering educational opportunities for the next generation’s pharmacy leaders.”
At the dinner, CBS Evening news anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley, an Emmy-award winning journalist, provided a keynote address informed by his decades of coverage of war-torn regions and access to the world’s decision-makers.
The NACDS Foundation also has partnered with the National Consumers League on its Script Your Future medication adherence public education campaign, having contributed the largest single donation to this initiative at more than $1 million.
The Script Your Future campaign has emerged as a top priority for U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, who also spoke at the dinner and reinforced the public health importance of medication adherence.