NACDS Past Chairman Martin Otto (at right), H-E-B’s chief operating officer, accepted the 2018 “Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award,” or PEP Award, on behalf of the company. NACDS Vice Chairman Chris Lane, executive vice president at Wakefern Food Corporation/Shoprite, presented the award in his capacity as chairman of NACDS-PAC.

H-E-B was honored for its political engagement during the Political Involvement Reception at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo on Saturday, August 25.

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NACDS Past Chairman Martin Otto, H-E-B’s chief operating officer, accepted the 2018 “Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award,” or PEP Award, on behalf of the company, in recognition of its exemplary leadership and participation in the NACDS Political Action Committee (NACDS-PAC). The award is presented to a company or individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the advancement of pharmacy through political engagement.

“Under Martin’s leadership, H-E-B has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advancing community pharmacy legislative priorities with lawmakers. H-E-B has consistently displayed its support for NACDS-PAC and its role in our advocacy efforts,” said NACDS Vice Chairman Chris Lane, executive vice president at Wakefern Food Corporation/Shoprite. Lane presented the award in his capacity as chairman of NACDS-PAC.

The bipartisan NACDS-PAC supports federal congressional candidates who advance pro-patient and pro-pharmacy policies.

NACDS also welcomed former White House press secretary and noted political commentator Josh Earnest as a guest speaker at the event.