NACDS promotes Kevin Nicholson to new policy, advocacy post

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Kevin Nicholson to the new position of VP public policy and regulatory affairs, effective Monday.

The promotion expands Nicholson’s scope of responsibilities in policy leadership, federal regulatory advocacy and staff management. Nicholson will continue to report to Carol Kelly, SVP of government affairs and public policy. His most recent title prior to the promotion was VP of government affairs and pharmacy advisor.

“Throughout his 12 years of service at NACDS, Kevin’s rock-solid knowledge and keen policy insights have assisted NACDS in shaping pro-patient and pro-pharmacy issue positions. He also has advocated reliably for these positions in testimony before Congress and federal agencies, and in liaison with community pharmacy’s partners in patient care,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “All of this experience, plus his highly professional personable approach to his work, will contribute to his success in his new role.”

Nicholson assumes increased responsibility for the strategic direction of NACDS’ public policy and regulatory affairs activities. He leads a seven-person team responsible for legislative and regulatory healthcare policy analysis at the federal and state levels. He serves as the primary liaison to federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Defense TRICARE program.

Nicholson joined NACDS in June 2001 as director of regulatory affairs. He was promoted to VP of pharmacy regulatory affairs in September 2005.

Nicholson’s responsibilities at NACDS and in previous positions contribute to a 24-year professional career in community pharmacy and health care. Nicholson has practiced pharmacy for what was then Brooks Pharmacy in New Haven, Conn., and for The Kroger Company in Atlanta. He also has held positions at NDC Health Information Services, now a division of McKesson, and at WebMD.

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