National Community Pharmacists Association Statement About President Obama’s Speech To Congress

February 26, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

The following statement was released by Bruce T. Roberts, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) in response to President Barack Obama’s Address to Congress:

“President Obama’s speech last night was one that offered ideas, inspiration and hope for the American people. His commitment to a health care system that focuses on America’s patients is critical. We believe that pharmacists can significantly contribute to this goal because we are in the forefront of promoting preventative care and management of chronic disease through better use of prescription medications.

“The President’s emphasis on Health IT is consistent with the mission of our association. Through the creation of SureScripts and Mirixa, our association is in agreement that solutions brought to the marketplace can advance health care through integrated pharmacy systems. More needs to be done in this regard and we will work with the new Administration in utilizing new funding and interoperability in the stimulus package.

“We look forward to seeing the FY ’10 budget presented to Congress this Thursday and are encouraged that President Obama will assure community pharmacists a seat at the table in the overall health care debate.”

The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898, represents the nation’s community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation’s independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation’s retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to

Mirixa Corporation, sponsored by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), is the leader in targeted patient care services delivered via the nation’s largest pharmacy-based patient care network. Dedicated to improving patients’ health, Mirixa enables the healthcare community to deliver patient care services through retail pharmacy. The MirixaPro℠ web-based clinical platform is used by pharmacists to deliver standardized patient care services.

Founded by the pharmacy industry in 2001, SureScripts® operates the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange™, which facilitates the secure electronic transmission of prescription information between physicians and pharmacists and provides access to lifesaving information about patients during emergencies or routine care. Working collaboratively with health plans, health systems, technology vendors and health policy leaders, SureScripts is committed to improving the safety, efficiency, and quality of the prescribing process.

National Community Pharmacists Association



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