NCPA Announces 2016 Ownership Workshop Dates, Renewal of McKesson Support

Press Release

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dec. 2, 2015) - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced the 2016 dates for its Ownership Workshop program as well as the continued, vital sponsorship of McKesson Corporation to enable this program to help pharmacists realize the dream of owning an independent community pharmacy.

The Ownership Workshops will be conducted March 11-13 in Phoenix; June 3-5 in Memphis, Tenn.; and Oct. 13-15 in New Orleans. Each session features expert industry consultants and veterans to address many, if not all, of the factors that go into operating a successful independent community pharmacy. Attendees will obtain up to 21 contact hours of continuing education. More than 50 percent of past workshop participants now own a community pharmacy. Online registration is now open for the Phoenix and Memphis workshops.

"The Ownership Workshop program is a proven, successful step-by-step training for future community pharmacy owners," said NCPA President Bradley J. Arthur, RPh, co-owner of BlackRock Pharmacy and Brighton-Eggert Pharmacy in Buffalo, N.Y. "Many current pharmacy owners also attend to brush up their skills and say their pharmacies are stronger because of it.

"NCPA deeply appreciates the recent decision by the McKesson Corporation to continue sponsoring this essential program through 2020," Arthur added. "McKesson's support demonstrates its commitment to helping independent community pharmacies succeed."

"McKesson is proud to partner with NCPA and continue to support our shared goals of helping independent pharmacies thrive," said Chris Cella, National Vice President, RxOwnership. "The Ownership Workshops are valuable sessions in helping community pharmacists thrive in today's business world."

"The days spent with my fellow future pharmacy owners and with the specialists in every area of pharmacy ownership was awesome," said 2015 workshop attendee Denise Saul, RPh, of Englewood, N.J. "I learned a great deal, from A-Z of pharmacy ownership, and having my many questions answered by the experts was invaluable! I truly recommend this workshop for anyone thinking of purchasing a pharmacy; it's well worth it and more!"

The Ownership Workshop provides comprehensive information and resources about critical ownership topics including Planning for Successful Growth; Business Owner Roles, Responsibilities, and Management Styles; Financial Planning for a Successful Practice; How to Market Your Pharmacy Practice; Legal and Accounting Advice for the Beginning Owner; and Floor Planning, Pricing Strategies and Product Placement.

More information about the Ownership Workshop program is available online.

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The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $81.4 billion health care marketplace and employ more than 314,000 individuals on a full or part-time basis. To learn more, go to www.ncpanet.org, visit facebook.com/commpharmacy, or follow NCPA on Twitter @Commpharmacy.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 11th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit mckesson.com.