NACDS RxImpact hosts 82nd pharmacy tour in 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Several NACDS chain member companies have conducted Congressional pharmacy tours in recent weeks, bringing the total number of NACDS RxImpact in-district events to 82 for 2014.  

NACDS pharmacy tours are all about educating Congress about the value pharmacy provides and giving legislators and their staff members an inside view about what makes pharmacies such integral, accessible resources in communities.

Among the most recent in-district events, regional director for Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, toured the H-E-B in Katy, Texas, on Aug. 5. The pharmacy team reported that the tour, which lasted over an hour, was "excellent." NACDS RxImpact hosted two additional in-district activities during the week, which brings the total number for 2014 to 82. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, toured a San Antonio H-E-B and the district director for Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., toured a Scottsdale, Ariz. Walgreens.

Additional Congressional pharmacy tours include — U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md, toured a Westminster, Md. Giant; U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (pictured above), D-Texas, toured a Lavernia, Texas HEB Pharmacy and U.S. Rep. Lynne Jenkins, R-Kan., a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, met with Hy-Vee at the Jenkins' Topeka, Kan., District Office. Also, the district director for U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., toured a Rogers, Ark., Walmart, the district director for U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., toured a Gilbert, Ariz., Walmart, and the deputy district director for U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., toured a Tallahassee, Fla., Walgreens.

The grassroots advocacy program also posted its 16th and 17th continuing education training sessions as part of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. The CE training programs in Tennessee educated pharmacists and students about the power of effective constituent communications to influence the policymaking process.

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