SEATTLE— August 14, 2013 — At its annual Retail Business Conference (RBC) for independent pharmacies, Cardinal Health presented its special publication Independent Pharmacy Best Practices Guide: Innovating Independents. This report highlights 14 unique programs, implemented by independent pharmacists from across the United States, that improve patient care and drive business results.
Cardinal Health provides pharmaceutical distribution and a vast array of business support services to more than 7,500 independent pharmacies from across the United States. The company invited its independent pharmacy sales force to nominate successful best practices from their customers. Retail pharmacy experts from Cardinal Health then selected 14 stories to be highlighted in this issue of Independent Pharmacy Best Practices, and invited members of its Retail Advisory Boards, which are comprised of leading independent pharmacists from across the country, to select three finalists.
At RBC 2013’s Industry General Session, event attendees viewed videos highlighting the three finalists and were invited to ‘text to vote’ for the most innovative best practice. The winners of the text-to-vote competition were Kasey Woods and Amy Brian of Midtown Pharmacy in Whitsett, N.C., and Cardinal Health will donate $7,000 to the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in their honor.
The company will also donate $2,000 to Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s College of Pharmacy in honor of second-place winner Amy Carothers of Daniel’s Drug and Wellness Pharmacy, in Guthrie, Okla.; and $1,000 to Drake University’s College of Pharmacy in honor of third place finalists Sam and Samantha Zoske of Medicap Pharmacy 8004 in Marshalltown, Iowa.
The three independent pharmacies that were recognized as finalists at Cardinal Health’s Best Practices Text-to-Vote competition at RBC 2013 are:
“The independent pharmacists we serve are always striving to provide high-quality, personalized care to patients while positioning their businesses to succeed,” said Steve Lawrence, senior vice president of Independent Sales for Cardinal Health. “We’re delighted to honor this year’s winner and finalists by sharing their best practices at RBC 2013, and we congratulate them for their commitment to community pharmacy excellence.”
Hard copies of Independent Pharmacy Best Practices 2013, Innovating Independents, are available to all attendees of RBC 2013 and online.
About the Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference (RBC)
The Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference (RBC), held August 7-10 in Seattle, provides independent pharmacists and pharmacy franchise owners with the opportunity to network with and learn from thousands of their peers from across the nation, while gaining new insights to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their businesses. The annual event provides independent pharmacy owners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy industry professionals across the United States with access to pharmaceutical manufacturers, buying opportunities, continuing education sessions and programs to help pharmacists reduce costs and improve patient care and efficiency. For more information, visit www.CardinalHealth.com/RBC.
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $101 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products and services to more than 100,000 locations each day and is also the industry-leading direct-to-home medical supplies distributor. The company is a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company operates the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs 34,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.
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