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

Introducing a consulting company for the independent pharmacy community

In January Tim Clark and I were speaking about the pharmacy industry and about some ideas on how to grow Tim’s chain of pharmacies. Through these conversations we identified that we had tried to seek help from others in the industry including consultants and have never been able to find a company that could really provide new and valuable ideas. So instead of complaining we started Independent Rx Consulting and today we launched our website. The company Independent Rx Consulting has set out to not only to support the independent pharmacy community but also help pharmacy owners meet their personal and business goals.
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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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Top 3 concerns of pharmacy owners considering the sale of their business

There is a lot to consider (and worry about) when you go to sell your pharmacy but there are 3 that bother most owners the most.

1.) I do not know how to value my pharmacy and thus do not know if I am getting a fair offer.

This can be difficult but don’t worry it really comes down to whether you are selling to a chain or another independent. Most will want to know both prior to receiving offers, so you are prepared. Chains typically base the purchase price on a multiple (typically $10 to $25) of the total scripts filled per year. Independents will typically take a multiple (average is 3) of your EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).

2.) How do I deliver the news to my employees?
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