Chain Drug Consortium and NCPA Announce Collaborative Partnership to Support Community Pharmacies, Patients

BOCA RATON, Fla. And Alexandria, Va. - June 24, 2010

 

Two leading pharmacy organizations—Chain Drug Consortium (CDC) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced a new collaboration to better leverage the strengths of each organization in order to more effectively advance the interests of community pharmacists and their patients.

One of the nation's pre-eminent purchasing organizations, Chain Drug Consortium provides its retail members with innovative programs, services and the buying power to help family-owned and other privately-held community pharmacy chains compete with national mega-chains and mail order pharmacies backed by Wall Street. As the leading advocacy organization for independent community pharmacies, NCPA provides its members with robust advocacy efforts in Washington and elsewhere as well as timely business solutions to allow local pharmacies to compete and to continue serving their patients.

In expanding their partnership, CDC and NCPA hope to generate new NCPA members and additional resources for programs like NCPA's Legislative Defense Fund (LDF). This, in turn, would allow NCPA to implement more effective advocacy programs to better support community pharmacies. CDC leadership has already begun appealing to its members in writing and at industry gatherings to join NCPA, donate to the LDF and, if an NCPA member, to contribute to NCPA's political action committee (PAC).

"Realizing that many of our CDC members are also NCPA members, it makes sense that CDC work closely with the leadership of NCPA to address the many challenges that face community pharmacy today," noted Edward Frisch, President and CEO of the Chain Drug Consortium.

"NCPA is proud to join forces with Chain Drug Consortium and we're excited about what this partnership can accomplish for community pharmacists and for our patients," said Arlington, Texas pharmacy owner and NCPA President Joseph H. Harmison, PD. "Working together, our combined efforts will produce new synergy and unity to promote the voice of community pharmacies, be they single stores or family-run chains."

Chain Drug Consortium's members include Bartell Drugs, Discount Drug Mart, Drug Emporium WV, Farmacias El Amal, Farmacias Carol, Hartig Drug, Hi-School Pharmacy, Kerr Drug, Kinney Drugs, La Colonia, Lewis Drug, Lifechek, Navarro Discount Pharmacies, Osborn Drugs, Pamida, ShopKo, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and USA Drug.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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