ALEXANDRIA The National Association of Chain Drug Stores today honored U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran with its latest “Pharmacy Great Communicator” award for his outspoken support of pharmacies.
Moran, R-Kan., has co-sponsored numerous pro-pharmacy bills, including legislation to help ensure adequate reimbursement under Medicaid and Medicare Part D. He also is a frequent and vocal champion of community pharmacy, and has regaled his colleagues in Congress about the dangers faced by cash-strapped local pharmacies, particularly those in smaller towns that sometimes serve as the only link between patients and immediate access to a health care professional.
“Congressman Moran perfectly articulated the reasons why we must maintain patients’ access to pharmacies,” said NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson.
Moran’s latest salvo on behalf of retail pharmacy came June 26. Addressing the House of Representatives, he urged the Senate to pass legislation on Medicare and Medicaid that includes several pro-pharmacy provisions.
“Pharmacies play a critical role in delivering health care in America,” said Moran. “Local pharmacists are the first line of defense in recognizing health problems and providing medical advice.
“It is important to the health of Americans and certainly to the health of rural Kansans that the Senate promptly adopt this legislation,” he added. “I ask that Congress continue to do its part to see that pharmacies remain an important component of delivering health care across America.”
Following that speech, Anderson said the designation of Moran as a Pharmacy Great Communicator was “our version of a standing ovation.”