Alexandria, Va. Dec. 16, 2013 - National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, issued the following statement in response to the annual Gallup survey regarding professional honesty and ethics:
"We applaud pharmacists for once again achieving an impressive level of confidence and trust from the American public. Seventy percent of respondents rated pharmacists as very high or high when it comes to honesty and ethical standards. Pharmacists ranked second overall among the more than 20 professions included in the survey.
"The combination of their goodwill with consumers, extensive training, medication expertise and easy accessibility has pharmacists perfectly positioned to play a larger role in the U.S. health care system. Emerging new care models such as accountable care organizations should fully integrate pharmacists. In addition, policymakers and plan sponsors should better utilize pharmacists' public standing and knowledge to improve health outcomes and reduce costs, such as through the provision of medication adherence services and medication therapy management."
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.7 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com/.
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