Independent pharmacies provide a variety of services, often unavailable elsewhere, to meet specific health needs especially in underserved and inner city areas where access to care is a challenge making them an indispensable part of the pharmacy market.
Independent Pharmacists play an important role as a trusted advisor to patients - they will tell patients about side effects they might encounter, suggest how to stretch their insurance, give themcomplete-health advice beyond just prescriptions, helping them adhere to their medication - all these keeping the best interest of the patients in mind.
In the same way, pharmacists should rely on their wholesalers to treat them with the same respect and sense of trust. Wholesalers are no longer just suppliers for independent pharmacies. Wholesalers now can help a pharmacy’s path to profitability and in many cases their ability to compete in the market.
There had been a rise in the emergence of alliances between the largest wholesalers and largest pharmacy chains. These alliances are designed to let the big get bigger, and that means increased competition for a local independent pharmacy. We at Alpine Health, for the last 10 years have focused only on Independent Pharmacies; not chain or mail order pharmacies. We share the same goals and interests as that of many independent pharmacies across the Country of providing authentic products at the most affordable prices.
Pharmacy profit is not exclusively dependent on buying cheap in today’s market, and so we encourage pharmacy owners to look beyond the sales pitch and make sure the people they buy from share the common interest. An Independent Pharmacy owner should understand where their profit opportunities are and how to access them.