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Positive Picture of Independent Community Pharmacies Emerges With Release of 2008 NCPA Digest, Sponsored by Cardinal Health
Date:10/13/2008

ive is achieved by driving generic utilization and ensuring patients are taking their medication as prescribed."

The number of independent community pharmacies in operation has held steady since last year at 23,318, which comprise 39.4% of the nation's retail pharmacies. These pharmacies provide a wide array of high-quality services to their patients, such as compounding, medication therapy management, pain management, and blood pressure management. Despite the enormous challenges imposed by Medicare Part D, Medicaid and other third party reimbursements, independent community pharmacists continue to embrace and excel in areas of patient care services, technology adoption and customer satisfaction.

"Diversification is a key component to avoiding the fickle nature of the marketplace, and clearly independent community pharmacies understand that principle," said Roberts. "Not only does it facilitate the ability of these pharmacies to grow and compete in markets that are underserved by other competitors, but the true beneficiaries are the patients who get more of their health care needs met when they enter the doors of an independent community pharmacy."

The Digest further demonstrates that independent community pharmacies continue to provide many quality jobs with benefits; with data indicating an increase in wages for staff pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, reflecting the growing demand for qualified pharmacy staff. For patients, independent community pharmacies continue to be highly accessible no matter where they reside. In fact, over 50 percent of independent community pharmacies are located in rural areas, which traditionally are the most underserved regions for pharmacy services.

"Independent community pharmacies are vital cogs in our health care system and the communities they serve," said Giroux. "The Digest numbers demonstrate how community pharmacies remain vibrant contributors to their local economies, especially in underse
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