Welcome to the best profession
in the world?pharmacy. You are entering
the pharmacy profession at a very
exciting time. And while the challenges
that face us today and into the future are
significant, as always, the opportunities
are nearly limitless. The ultimate gathering of and for pharmacy
professionals?the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
109th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition?is taking place this year in
Anaheim, Calif. This year?s convention offers numerous educational
opportunities, the most powerful and productive exposition in the pharmacy
industry, and a variety of social gatherings that help you to ?Discover the
Magic of Independence.?
Choosing the path of independent pharmacy gives you the unique
opportunity to develop exactly the type of pharmacy practice that you want,
as these articles showcase. For some, pharmacy is a career inheritance that
spans multiple generations.As ownership passes from one generation to the
next, the new generation often brings with it fresh ideas and technological
advances that enhance the practice and improve the delivery of services and
health outcomes for patients. Find out more at the Technology Seminar on
the latest Internet and pharmacy technologies to enhance your pharmacy?s
efficiency, improve patient care, reduce costs, and boost profits.
Another way to begin the road to pharmacy ownership is via a junior
partnership that allows the sale of a pharmacy to occur over several years, as
the owner gains management responsibility and an increasing percentage of
ownership from the previous owner. You can learn more about how others
took advantage of this option in this issue and during the Junior Partnership
Showcase. Be sure to check your convention program for more details.
Community pharmacies must be able to meet the needs of the diverse
communities they serve, and to do so may require some cultural care. Learn
more about how pharmacists are improving their cultural competence in
this issue and during the Survival Spanish for Pharmacists educational
workshop and corresponding publication available at the NCPA store.
The NCPA is pleased to partner with Pharmacy Times to bring you this
publication. We hope it piques your interest to find out more about
independent pharmacy and the NCPA. Go online to www.ncpanet.org, or
call us at 800-544-747 to find out more, and enjoy the convention.