For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.
National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson said that NACDS' comments shared with the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis were discussed in the meeting.
NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson weighs in on the continued work necessary to combat the opioid crisis following the preliminary report of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
At the top of the commission’s list of recommendations is their push to get President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency under the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act.
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The clarification represents a victory for patients, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, who reached out to the DEA for clarification on the issue in a May letter to the DEA.
With the expansion of availability into Michigan and South Carolina, Rite Aid now offers naloxone dispensing without a prescription in 25 states
CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo made the announcement alongside Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo at the 2017 National Governor’s Association Summer Meeting, where Merlo has been touting the company’s approach to providing accessible and effective care.
NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson stressed pharmacy’s role as “a working partner” with whom the government could collaborate to find solutions.
Besides its efforts to provide naloxone in states where regulations allow, Walgreens also has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 pharmacies across the United States.
National Community Pharmacists Association CEO Doug Hoey writes about the role pharmacists are playing in helping combat the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.