NCPA Broadens IPMS Offerings

Published Online: Saturday, May 1, 2004

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is expanding the services and scope of its Independent Pharmacy Matching Service (IPMS). NCPA's goal with this move is to keep independent community pharmacies in the hands of independent pharmacists. IPMS allows prospective buyers and sellers of community pharmacies to connect in a confidential manner. The service has been part of NCPA's Management Institute offerings for 16 years. This partnership has enabled independent pharmacy owners and prospective buyers to post their offerings in America's Pharmacist magazine and on the NCPA Web site.

Through its affiliation with Buy-Sell, an Internet company serving pharmacy owners and pharmacy purchasers nationwide, the services provided by IPMS will be expanded. As part of the expanded offerings, pharmacy owners will get a professional evaluation of their business prior to listing it for sale. Also, Buy-Sell professionals will help owners draft the most effective language for listing their pharmacies for sale. NCPA members are eligible for special discounts on many of the improved IPMS services.

"NCPA is pleased to be able to enhance the services and assistance available through IPMS," said Bruce Roberts, RPh, NCPA executive vice president and chief executive officer.

He added, "Our relationship with will allow us to further assist aspiring owners with their pharmacy purchase and assist our members wishing to sell their pharmacy to another independent." For more information, call 800-296-IPMS, or visit the IPMS section of the NCPA Web site at

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