URGENT MESSAGE FROM NACDS

Cancellation of the 2017 NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill Event



Dear NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill Advocates:

I am writing to inform you that we have decided to cancel this week’s NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC on March 14th and 15th due to the Winter storm expected to hit Washington, DC starting Monday night, and because we expect the storm will change the Congressional calendar since Members of Congress could be delayed in arriving in the nation's capital.

As stated in yesterday's memo, we have been evaluating the weather forecasts and its potential impact on the Congressional schedule. Further, our goal is to present grassroots events in which safety is first, and which are effective and productive in advancing pharmacy's Access Agenda. Our analysis of the situation is based on these factors and has led us to the decision to cancel at this time. We wanted to notify you as soon as possible once our best determination was made.

Please note, we will send another communication to you within the next couple of days with ideas about how you can still make an impact for pharmacy this week. We would like to capitalize on the tremendous enthusiasm that you created for this week's scheduled events, and we have ideas about how we can translate that into action despite the prudent change of plans. We hope you will look for that message soon, and take action based on the recommendations that it will contain.

Thank you as always for your dedication to our advocacy. Your outstanding commitment to our work on behalf of retail pharmacy is very much appreciated.

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions. If you have travel hardships related to this travel adjustment, please contact hecker@nacds.org.

Sincerely,

Steve

STEVEN C. ANDERSON, IOM, CAE
President & Chief Executive Officer
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2017 NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill Event Set for March 14-15, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

Thank you so much for your interest in the 2017 NACDS RxIMPACT Day at Capitol Hill event. Please contact Heidi Ecker at Hecker@nacds.org with questions.

Hundreds will plan to attend this ground-breaking event on March 14-15, 2017 that will bring nearly 400 advocates from across the nation to Washington, DC to educate Members of Congress about the importance of pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policy and key issues related to healthcare reform!

Whether a CEO, CFO, pharmacy operator, pharmacist, pharmacy school Dean, student pharmacist or executive representing front or back end interests, advocates are gearing up to participate in NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. Please note this event will be hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday and not our typical Wednesday-Thursday. This event reviews the secrets of influential communication, explains how an “issue of the day” impacts the pharmacy community, and provides the unique opportunity to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss important issues.

Your involvement demonstrates the community is dedicated to advancing pharmacy and quality patient services. The more you participate in this annual event, the more Capitol Hill will understand pharmacy and welcome our positions on important health policy issues.

After participating in a morning legislative briefing attended by lawmakers supportive of our industry, advocates who are briefed before the event will be paired with others from their state to attend NACDS RxIMPACT-scheduled meetings with Members of Congress and their staff. Because the mandatory breakfast briefing starts early, participants are encouraged to arrive the night before to participate in the Welcome Dinner.

“It is exciting to participate in the legislative process. Regardless of what you may or may not think, talking about your personal experiences is easy and comfortable and you do have the expertise to participate in this event and meet with your policymakers. What you take away from these meetings could be more important than what you leave behind.”

Dennis Wiesner RPh.(CIPP), Senior Director, Pharmacy - Privacy - Governmental Affairs, H-E-B, who regularly participates in pro-pharmacy grassroots activities.

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