Mr. TERRY. Mr. Speaker, this week is the Fourth Annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, where we recognize the pharmacy's contribution to the health care system. Hundreds of representatives from the pharmacy community--including practicing pharmacists, pharmacy school faculty and students, state pharmacy leaders, and pharmacy company executives--will visit Capitol Hill to share their views about the importance of supporting legislation that protects access to neighborhood pharmacies and utilizes pharmacists to improve the quality of care and reduce the cost of health care.
Pharmacists are the nation's most accessible healthcare providers, and are important providers in communities across America. Pharmacists serve an important role in our health care system as they help improve quality and lower health care costs. For over a century, they have made a difference in the lives of my fellow citizens in Nebraska, as well as Americans throughout the nation.
Pharmacists received specialized educational training that allows them to play a major role in our health care system. These important services include medication therapy management, disease state management, immunizations, and healthcare screenings. Pharmacists are also uniquely qualified to educate and help patients manage their medications, which is extremely important to helping keep our population healthy and control costs.
On this day, I hope you will join me in celebrating the value of pharmacy and support efforts to protect access to neighborhood pharmacies.