NACDS, APhA to hold two-day MTM summit

PHILADELPHIA The American Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores are presenting Sept. 19-20 a national conference that will showcase community pharmacist impact and successes in medication therapy management delivery. The summit will present information about current trends in the delivery of community pharmacy-based services and the issues associated with MTM delivery.

Among the goals of the conference, the NACDS stated, is to present innovations in MTM services delivery and business practices. The summit will also offer implementation tools to enable broad participation in MTM services delivery by pharmacists working in the community and will showcase successful programs and outcomes as potential models to payers, pharmacists, patients and other health care providers.

Attendees expected include pharmacists currently providing or interested in providing MTM services in their communities, pharmacy managers and administrators, prescription drug plan MTM administrators, self-insured employers, other third party payers and federal and state government agencies involved in MTM program development.

In addition, the conference will offer participants the opportunity to earn 8.0 contact hours (.80 CEU) of accredited continuing pharmacy education credit.

NACDS represents the nation's leading retail chain pharmacies and suppliers, which operate more than 37,000 pharmacies, employ 114,000 pharmacists, fill more than 2.3 billion prescriptions yearly and have annual sales of nearly $700 billion.

APhA, founded in 1852, boasts more than 54,000 members, including practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacy students and pharmacy technicians. The Association is a leader in providing professional information and education for pharmacists and an advocate for improved health of the American public through the provision of comprehensive pharmaceutical care.

Those interested in attending can visit www.nacds.org for more information.