Independent community pharmacies expand the services they offer patients.
Independent community pharmacies continue to strengthen and expand the scope of services they offer patients while absorbing lower reimbursements for dispensing prescription drugs, according to the results of Cardinal Health's 2017 NCPA Digest, which was unveiled this week at the National Community Pharmacists Association's Annual Convention in Orlando.
For 8 decades the annual NCPA Digest has served as a barometer for independent community pharmacy owners to quantifiably measure themselves as the pharmacy marketplace gets more competitive.
The NCPA Digest authors noted that independent community pharmacies offer a variety of services: 86% offer medication therapy management; 74% provide immunizations; 61% perform blood pressure monitoring; and 52% furnish durable medical goods. From a philanthropic standpoint, nearly 69% of all independent community pharmacy owners donated to at least 5 local organizations in 2016.
Highlights from the NCPA Digest include:
According to Steve Lawrence, senior vice president of Retail Independent Sales at Cardinal Health, "As the 2017 NCPA Digest indicates, in the evolving health care landscape, pharmacists will continue to offer more clinical services to serve their patients. We'll see independent pharmacies leading the way in offering the services and care patients need to stay adherent to their medications and remain healthy."