ALEXANDRIA, Va. — With Congress back from its August recess, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has shared some data about the efforts it made to reach out to lawmakers in their district. The organization said that more than half of NACDS RxImpact 2017 activities allowed advocates access to legislators who support pharmacist provider status, and that almost 20% signed on to support the bill following the in-district efforts.
Roughly 31% of NACDS member companies took part in the activities, 79% of which were tours of members pharmacies with lawmakers. About 18% of the activities were town hall meetings.
NACDS’ efforts brought them in contact with 43% of all newly elected members of Congress, and 69% of lawmakers with whom NACDS RxImpact has had no previous in-district contact. Overall, advocates reached 32% of the Senate, 44% of which were Democrats and 56% of which were Republicans.
In terms of Senate decision makers, NACDS said that its in-district efforts brought them in contact with 35% of the Senate Finance Committee, 30% of the Senate Armed Forces Committee and 26% of the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee.