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For the tenth consecutive year, Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics survey reveals that pharmacists have ranked in the top three. In this year’s survey, pharmacists ranked second only to nurses and ahead of doctors, moving up two rankings from last year’s survey.
The recently released survey measures the public’s trust of professionals across diverse disciplines, including but not limited to healthcare.
“This year’s Gallup survey further emphasizes that pharmacists truly are the face of neighborhood healthcare, serving as accessible healthcare providers with nearly all Americans living within five miles of a community pharmacy,” said National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) president and CEO Steven C. Anderson.
“Their second place ranking this year illustrates that pharmacists are highly-trusted medical professionals, with a minimum of six years of professional education to receive their degree and license. Not only do community pharmacists dispense prescription medications, but they also provide a number of health services that help patients improve their health and also reduce healthcare costs,” said Anderson.
The Alexandria, Va.-based NACDS represents traditional drug stores, supermarkets, and mass merchants with pharmacies – from regional chains with four stores to national companies.