Pharmacies:
The Face of Neighborhood Healthcare
People trust pharmacies for answers in times of need. We want to help provide quality, collaborative policy solutions, just like we provide health and wellness solutions to millions of patients and consumers every day.
NACDS member pharmacies:
36,432
people employed in Arkansas
603
locations in Arkansas
Pharmacies Are: Accessible
Compared to all healthcare delivery entities tested, voters are most likely to think pharmacies are easy to access.
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80%
of voters in Arkansas say pharmacies are easy to access.
Pharmacies Are: Innovative
Pharmacists help patients use medicines safely and stay healthy. Their extensive education empowers them to do even more to improve patient health and quality of life. That’s why voters continue to support Medicare enrollees being able to receive basic healthcare services from their pharmacists.
65%
In 2019, 65% of voters in Arkansas support allowing Medicare enrollees to receive basic healthcare services from their pharmacists.
66%
In 2018, 66% of voters in Arkansas supported allowing Medicare enrollees to receive basic healthcare services from their pharmacists.
Out-of-Pocket Drug Cost Issue Focus
Voters trust pharmacists' advice on reducing out-of-pocket drug costs, and want to hear pharmacies' public policy recommendations in this area.
74%
Of voters in Arkansas are more likely to support a Congressional candidate who reduces out-of-pocket prescription drugs and healthcare costs by acting on recommendations from pharmacists and others healthcare professionals.
69%
Of voters in Arkansas are more likely to support a Congressional candidate who helps to advance policies that increase access to basic healthcare services by allowing pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to better use their education and training.
81%
Of voters in Arkansas somewhat or strongly approve of the new bipartisan law that eliminates the “pharmacy gag clause” and allows pharmacists to tell consumers about less expensive prescription options - with 71% strongly approving.
87%
Of voters in Arkansas somewhat or strongly support pharmacists using their expertise to identify other opportunities in public policy which can help to lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs - with 68% strongly supporting.
7 in 10 voters in Arkansas view pharmacists as credible sources when it comes to information about how to save money on prescription drugs. (71%)
Opioid Issue Focus
When thinking about the opioid epidemic, voters are more likely to think pharmacies are mostly part of the solution rather than the problem - of the options tested, a unique distinction that pharmacies or pharmacists share with law enforcement.
44%
Part of the Solution
21%
Part of the Problem
59%
of voters in Arkansas somewhat or strongly support rules that would limit the initial fill of certain opioid prescriptions to seven days as a way to reduce the likelihood that a patient becomes addicted and to reduce the number of opioids out there in the public domain.
64%
of voters in Arkansas somewhat or strongly support rules that all prescriptions must be handled electronically, rather than paper or fax prescriptions, to reduce the likelihood of fraud and abuse of prescriptions.
69%
of voters in Arkansas somewhat or strongly support rules that allow pharmacists to work with Medicare patients to help prevent, detect or treat potential opioid abuse, such as screening for potential misuse, providing patient education resources, fostering awareness of the overdose antidote, helping patients with drug disposal options, and coordinating with physicians.
Methodology: This poll was conducted from January 4-22, 2019, among a national sample of 19,911 registered voters. The interviews were conducted online. Results are estimates produced by a model known as multi-level regression with post-stratification (MRP). Prior to model estimation, the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of Adults based on age,race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage points.