Our latest thoughts and inspirations on buying a pharmacy, starting a pharmacy, and ongoing pharmacy operations

Owen BonDurant, President: Owen is 2nd generation (his Dad is part owner in a 9 store pharmacy chain) in the pharmacy business and has worked in independent pharmacies since before he can remember. He has worked in almost every role a small pharmacy has to offer from cleaning the bathrooms, working as a pharmacy technician, marketing, starting and running a durable medical equipment company and managing employees. Owen graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in marketing and a minor in management information systems (MIS). After graduating he briefly worked for Western and Southern Financial Group before deciding he wanted to return to the pharmacy industry where he started medical equipment business for a chain of 9 independent pharmacies. From there he moved to Chicago and started working for Experian QAS and for the last 7 years has been selling software to major retail organizations along with managing the Midwest sales team. Recently the itch to come back to the pharmacy industry, as it truly is all he knows, and Independent Rx Consulting was born.

Positioning Your Pharmacy For Big Growth - A Three Part Series to Building Success Within Your Pharmacy

Part 1: What’s Your Pharmacy’s Biggest Challenges?

As a community pharmacy owner today you are facing many challenges not only because you are a small business in a competitive market but also due to factors that are out of your control like Medicare Part D reimbursement. I wanted to provide you some comfort in knowing you are not alone and that some of the challenges are being solved throughout the country. Below are the top 5 we are seeing in the market today:

1. Lowered and delayed Medicare Part D reimbursement - This is a reality for community pharmacy owners today and will be for the foreseeable future. There isn’t much you can do about it so try not to dwell on it. All you can do, as an owner, is counter the shrinking margins by relentlessly controlling expenses and by creating efficiencies within your operation.
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