H-E-B Honored with Political Advocacy Award at NACDS Total Store Expo
By Grocery Headquarters Staff
Two industry retailers were honored for their political advocacy and grassroots support at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Political Involvement Reception during the NACDS Total Store Expo. NACDS chain member H-E-B received the NACDS RxIMPACT “Leader of the Year” award for its efforts to engage in practically every program of the NACDS RxIMPACT brand, including congressional meetings during the annual NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, conducting numerous NACDS RxIMPACT Pharmacy tours and hosting pharmacy advocacy training programs. NACDS member Thrifty White Pharmacy received the NACDS Political Action Committee (PAC) “Politically Engaged Pharmacy”, or PEP, award. This award is presented to a company or individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to advancing pharmacy through the NACDS-PAC. Distinguishing itself as a leader in political involvement, Thrifty White has generously supported and is consistent in its commitment to the NACDS-PAC. “Political and grassroots involvement is so vital for pharmacy to succeed in public policy,” NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE stated. “We congratulate H-E-B and Thrifty White for their commitment to the NACDS RxIMPACT program and the NACDS-PAC. Everything we do on behalf of the chain pharmacy industry is done to reinforce our theme of pharmacy being the face of neighborhood healthcare, and these two companies do so much to convey that important message.” The NACDS RxIMPACT grassroots program was launched in 2009 to further advance pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policies. The program’s many facets – including the NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill meetings with policymakers in Washington and NACDS RxIMPACT Pharmacy Tours bringing Members of Congress into pharmacies in their states and districts – are just some of the opportunities to help engage policymakers about the value of pharmacy in improving healthcare delivery. In fact, in the last six years, more than 300 pharmacy tours and nearly 2,000 Capitol Hill meetings have been conducted by pharmacy advocates.